Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/01/12

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston (CNS)

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston has marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the clergy sex abuse crisis with a series of major interviews (Boston Globe, National Catholic Register parts one and two, full PDF texts of cardinal’s letter to the faithful and reflection on the crisis).

A Vatican delegation will visit Vietnam in March to investigate the Cause of Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, UCA News reports.

Benedict XVI will ordain Mgr Charles Brown, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, as an archbishop in Rome tomorrow.

Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne has clashed with the Central Council of Muslims in Germany after he accused the country’s Islamic leadership of failing to condemn anti-Christian violence in Africa.

The Daily Telegraph reports on a campaign to save a church designed by Catholic architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin.

The New York Times profiles the rising Catholic Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

John Lichfield examines the “600-year struggle for the soul of Joan of Arc” in France.

And Marcel LeJeune names his top 20 Catholic bloggers of 2011.