Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/06/12

Priests at the closing Mass of the Seventh World Meeting of Families (AP)

Benedict XVI celebrated an open-air Mass attended by a million people yesterday at the end of the Seventh World Meeting of Families in Milan (full text, video).

On Saturday, Pope Benedict addressed 80,000 young Catholics at the San Siro stadium (video) and later held a question-and-answer session with families.

On Friday night, the Pope attended a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth at La Scala conducted by Daniel Barenboim (video).

The next host of the World Meeting of Families will be Philadelphia in 2015 (video).

The Italian newspaper La Repubblica published more Vatican documents on Sunday with an anonymous covering note saying the leaks will stop when Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and the Pope’s personal secretary, Mgr Georg Gänswein, are deposed.

The Vatican denied Italian media reports on Saturday that a commission of cardinals is divided over whether to uphold the sacking of Vatican Bank president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi.

Archbishop Peter Sartain, the delegate overseeing reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, has said he is “wholeheartedly committed” to addressing the issues raised by the LCWR Board in a statement last week.

The Catholic Education Resource Center publishes the prologue of Ross Douthat’s new book, Bad Religion.

And Rome Reports reveals the 10 strangest gifts presented to Pope Benedict (video).

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