Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/07/12

Benedict XVI greets the crowds at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP)

Christ’s miracles are “not a display of power, but signs of the love of God“, Benedict XVI said at the Angelus yesterday (video).

Hundreds of young adults prayed before the heart of St John Vianney at a vocations festival in the English city of Birmingham over the weekend (photos, video of address by Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury).

Armed gangs attacked Christian villages in northern Nigeria on Saturday on a day of inter-religious violence that left 37 people dead.

The Catholic Church in Costa Rica could lose the right to register marriages if the country’s constitution recognising Catholicism as the state religion is amended.

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a German newspaper that he doesn’t mind being described as a liberal because “God is the greatest liberal“.

Lucetta Scaraffia, the most prominent female contributor to L’Osservatore Romano, has said that “women in the Church are angry“.

Fr Federico Lombardi hails the roughly 30 Fathers of the Second Vatican Council who are still alive today.

Matthew Hanley argues that Catholic Melinda Gates is wrong to promote contraceptives as the solution to maternal mortality at a major summit in London this week.

Sister Mary Ann Walsh offers some rules for social media evangelisation.

Nicholas Farrell wonders why majority Catholic countries are so good at football, but so bad at running their economies.

And later today Pope Benedict will visit the Italian house of a missionary order founded in a disused Dutch pub.

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