Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/05/12

Benedict XVI at yesterday's Regina Caeli (AP)

Each Christian is like a vine “which lives only if it is growing every day in prayer”, the Pope said at the Regina Caeli yesterday.

Twenty-six men were sworn in as members of the Swiss Guards at a ceremony at the Vatican yesterday.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has called for an independent investigation into how the Irish Church failed to stop the clerical abuser Brendan Smyth.

The English Archdiocese of Birmingham has defended its handing of a historic abuse case after a Sunday newspaper claimed that officials knew that a priest had an “unwholesome relationship” 25 years before he was jailed for abuse.

Sandro Magister reveals that valuable documents from the Holy See’s Vatican II archives have gone missing.

Catherine Pepinster says that Pope Benedict’s donation to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham offers an intriguing insight into his vision of the Church.

Jim Graves explains why 2012 is a big year for Opus Dei.

Dylan Parry says that the Sistine Chapel Choir’s historic performance at Westminster Cathedral last night was “quite uplifting at times” (photos).

And a senior priest in the Archdiocese of Melbourne has said that single Australian women should not be “too choosy” in the face of a reported “Aussie man drought”.