Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/10/11

Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during the Angelus at the Vatican yesterday (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Benedict prayed for the victims of flooding in Thailand and Italy in his Angelus address yesterday (video).

The judicial system in Ukraine “destroys thousands of ordinary people“, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, has claimed.

The Pope has “not excluded” the possibility of visiting Cuba, Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino of Havana has said.

The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru is on collision course with the Vatican after it said it would not “accept any imposition” made by apostolic visitor Cardinal Péter Erdő.

English professor Anthony Esolen explains why he is delighted by the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

Peter Augustine Lawler hails the philosopher Pierre Manent, “who is among one of the most endangered of species: a French Catholic intellectual”.

Law professor Patrick Brennan argues that Benedict XVI made a major error in his recent address to the Bundestag.

And Christopher White welcomes the birth of the world’s seven billionth human being somewhere in the world today.