Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/12/11

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem (AP)

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has urged Middle Eastern leaders to “protect the minorities who are an integral part of the population in the region” in his Christmas message.

Vatican officials have expressed surprise at the Society of St Pius X’s response to the Holy See’s Doctrinal Preamble, reports Andrea Tornielli.

Bishop Raymond Lahey has told a court in Canada that he is “truly sorry” for possessing and importing child pornography.

The Vatican hosted a Latin competition between pupils from Austria and Liechtenstein yesterday.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster urges readers of the Sun newspaper to perform “random acts of kindness” at Christmas.

Donald Snyder reports that a wave of anti-clericalism is sweeping across Poland.

Technology pioneered by NASA is helping to preserve precious manuscripts in the Vatican Library.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty of NPR investigates Newt Gingrich’s conversion to Catholicism.

Dylan Parry wonders if Catholics have the right to deface blasphemous posters.

And eChurch Blog is appalled that the Vatican has failed to claim the pornographic website domain