Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/10/11

Benedict XVI arrives for Mass in Lamezia Terme (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)

Pope Benedict said yesterday that organised crime is “tearing at the social fabric” during a visit to Calabria, the home of the ‘Ndrangheta (full Italian text).

Four Christians were killed in Cairo yesterday at a protest against the destruction of a Coptic church in southern Egypt.

Leaders of the Society of St Pius X have promised to give their response to the Doctrinal Preamble “in a reasonable time” following a key meeting in Albano.

Fears are growing that Chen Guangcheng, the blind critic of forced abortion in China, has died.

Hindu extremists have planted a flag on top of the rubble of a Catholic church destroyed in anti-Christian violence in 2008.

Archaeologists believe they have discovered the ruins of Peru’s oldest Catholic church.

Tom Beaudoin wonders what would happen if campaigners for liberal reforms in the Church copied the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Howard Kainz goes in search of the origins of the phrase “the spirit of Vatican II”.

Fr Dwight Longenecker presents three reasons why Catholics should build beautiful churches.

Mo Guernon calls for the canonisation of Pope John Paul I.

Fr James Martin says that the response to the death of Steve Jobs is strikingly similar to the reaction to the death of a saint.

And Kevin O’Brien urges Catholic men to drink and smoke if they want to transform a secular culture.