Today’s Catholic must-reads: 11/01/12

Pope Benedict gives his blessing at today's general audience (AP)

Benedict XVI reflected on the meaning of the Last Supper at his general audience this morning (full text of English remarks, video).

The Pope has appointed Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, apostolic nuncio to Brazil, as secretary of the Congregation for Bishops.

The Czech Republic’s coalition government has approved a plan to compensate the Catholic Church for property seized under Communism.

A Catholic priest in Goa, India’s smallest state, has announced that he will stand in local elections in March.

A Spanish bishop has claimed that Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told him that UNESCO has a programme “to make half the world population homosexual“.

Guardian writer Andrew Brown considers whether the Pope really said that same-sex marriage threatens the future of humanity.

Fr Tim Byron SJ hopes that Martin Scorsese will finally realise his dream of adapting Catholic novelist Shusaku Endo‘s book Silence for the screen.

And a rare Cuban crocodile enjoyed an audience with Pope Benedict this morning (video).