Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/03/12

Benedict XVI and Fidel Castro in Havana yesterday (AP)

Benedict XVI discussed liturgical reform, old age and what a Pope does during a half-meeting with Fidel Castro in Havana yesterday (video).

Cardinal Timothy Dolan appeared on America’s highest-rated cable news programme last night to defend the US bishops’ stance on the Obama administration’s contraception mandate (video).

Reuters reports on day three of the landmark trial of an official of Philadelphia archdiocese.

Robert Royal smarts at not being allowed to visit Cuba for the papal visit.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf hails John Allen’s “outstanding” talk on Christian persecution at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.

And Shawn Tribe welcomes the return of bees in the new English translation of the Exsultet, which will be proclaimed for the first time on Holy Saturday.