Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/11/11

Benedict XVI is pictured during yesterday's Angelus (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Benedict XVI appealed for an end to violence in Nigeria that has claimed at least 65 lives in his Angelus address yesterday (video).

Forbes magazine has named Pope Benedict the seventh most powerful man in the world, ahead of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke.

Archbishop John Hepworth, the primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, has denied reports that he is willing to drop an abuse allegation against a senior Catholic priest.

Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor has claimed that she was only joking when she said she would kill the Pope if he visited Ireland.

Sandro Magister says that after the closure of the Irish embassy to the Holy See only 77 countries will have resident Vatican ambassadors out of the 179 nations that have full diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi writes to “baby seven billion”, who was born last week.

John Allen urges Pope Benedict not to allow the issue of condoms to overshadow his second trip to Africa this month.

And Walter Isaacson’s celebrated biography of Steve Jobs reveals that the late Apple co-founder once tried to phone the Pope posing as Henry Kissinger.