Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/11/11

The new Italian prime minister Mario Monti meets the Pope (AP Photo)

The new Italian prime minister Mario Monti met Benedict XVI at Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome this morning before the Pope left for Benin.

Documents from the Vatican’s Secret Archives have shed new light on the Holodomor, the man-made famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s.

Pope Benedict has sent a message of encouragement to a meeting of the Courtyard of the Gentiles in Albania.

The Sophia Institute Press has purchased the Catholic Exchange web portal.

Rocco Palmo examines the Pope’s deep friendship with the late Cardinal Bernardin Gantin of Benin.

Fr Luis González-Quevedo SJ tries to untangle Albert Einstein’s religious opinions.

Jenny An goes behind the scenes at Patheos, virtual home of Catholic blogger Elizabeth Scalia.

And Caroline Farrow urges the Vatican not to over-react to the Benetton advertisement featuring the Pope kissing an imam.