Today’s Catholic must-reads: 04/01/12

Benedict XVI arrives for this morning's general audience (AP Photo)

Benedict XVI said that “our first reaction to the birth of Jesus should be one of joy” at his weekly general audience this morning (video).

Pope Benedict has accepted the early resignation of Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala amid reports that the bishop fathered two children.

The Vatican released the Pope’s Message for the World Day of the Sick yesterday (full text).

Canadian Bishop Raymond Lahey is expected to be sentenced today after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Canon law expert Dr Edward Peters reflects on the dispute between the Archdiocese of Detroit and Michael Voris.

And the Catholic News Service reveals that the head of world’s second personal ordinariate is a former sports journalist and a qualified pilot who built his own floatplane.