Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/08/11

Benedict XVI gestures during the Angelus yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Christians truly follow Jesus when they accept his cross with love, Benedict XVI said at the Angelus yesterday (video).

Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, has said he is afraid that weapons belonging to the Gaddafi regime may “fall into the wrong hands“.

Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja has deplored the suicide bomb attack on the United Nations’ headquarters in Nigeria on Friday that killed at least 23 people (full text of papal telegram offering condolences).

Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, the former Archbishop of Toronto, died on Friday after a long illness, aged 81.

John Smeaton, director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), has said that a report that the British Government is preparing to tighten rules on abortion is “dangerously misleading“.

Zenit reports that a group of Irish World Youth Day pilgrims were able to convince a couple not to go ahead with an abortion.

Spanish police have arrested a pilot who tried to smuggle cocaine into the country while the authorities welcomed Benedict XVI at Barajas airport.

Marco Tosatti says that Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is likely to be the new Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Tom Heneghan asks whether the German Left is warming to Benedict XVI ahead of his visit to Berlin next month.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston claims he was the only bishop to bring an umbrella to the rain-swept World Youth Day vigil.

An 83-year-old priest in America has fulfilled a lifetime ambition by flying a World War II fighter plane.

And a Polish priest who was refused permission to build a church in Kamchatka, Russia, has responded by importing a giant inflatable chapel for Catholic worshippers.