Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/08/11

The damaged interior of Holy Family Syrian Catholic Church after an early morning car bomb attack in Kirkuk (AP Photo/Emad Matti)

A car bomb wounded 15 people outside a Syrian Catholic church in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, today.

American Cardinal Daniel DiNardo has criticised the federal government’s decision to require that all health insurance plans cover contraception and sterilisation with only a narrowly defined “religious exemption”.

The mayor of Rio de Janeiro announced yesterday that Pope Benedict will visit the Brazilian city for World Youth Day in 2013.

The New Yorker reports that after the successful Bin Laden raid US vice-president Joseph Biden told his colleagues in the Situation Room: “We should all go to Mass tonight.”

Dylan Parry predicts that the Pope will name St John of Avila a Doctor of the Church later this month at World Youth Day in Madrid.

Sandro Magister argues that attacks on Benedict XVI “have suddenly picked up steam again”.

Thomas Shakely offers a “digital strategy” for America’s Catholic dioceses.

And Manish Pandey says that the Catholic faith was central to the life of Formula One champion Ayrton Senna.