Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/10/11

Pope Benedict proclaimed the Year of Faith at Mass at St Peter's on Sunday (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI issued the apostolic letter Porta Fidei yesterday, proclaiming a Year of Faith and calling for a rediscovery of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (full text, video).

The Pope has urged businesses and governments to eradicate global hunger in a message marking World Food Day (full text).

Fr Roy Bourgeois was briefly detained by police yesterday after he led a march to the Vatican calling for the priestly ordination of women.

Archbishop Charles Bo of Rangoon has said that he welcomes recent “positive signals” sent by the Burmese government.

A Chinese Catholic priest says that a series of clerical scandals has stunned the faithful in China.

Brandon Vogt explains what Catholics can expect in the Year of Faith.

Mgr Andrew Burnham says that the Vatican is likely to approve a distinct Order of Mass for use by Personal Ordinariates within three years.

Andrea Tornielli explains why Pope Benedict wants atheists to attend this month’s inter-religious meeting in Assisi.

Russell Shaw argues that it is the Pope’s Catholic critics rather than Benedict XVI who are “out of touch”.

Colin Kerr suggests that conservative Catholics are particularly susceptible to intellectual fads.

And Dylan Parry shakes his head as actress Susan Sarandon describes Pope Benedict as a “Nazi”.