Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/01/12

Benedict XVI at yesterday's Angelus (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Each of us is willed and loved by God, Pope Benedict said in his Angelus address yesterday on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Benedict XVI baptised 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel yesterday.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith on Saturday (full text).

Bishops from Europe and North America attended Mass at the Catholic parish in Gaza City yesterday (photos).

Robert Mercer, the former episcopal visitor to the Traditional Anglican Communion in Britain, was received into the Catholic Church through the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Saturday.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi explains why Pope Benedict is visiting Mexico this spring.

The New York Times profiles the city’s next cardinal, Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

The blogger Corbusier investigates “why modern architecture struggles to inspire Catholics”.

Rowan Moore Gerety takes a critical look at the business of making altar breads.

And Bishop Christopher Coyne, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, names some of his favourite Catholic blogs and news sites.