Today’s Catholic must-reads: 18/07/12

Vatican official Mgr Ettore Balestrero discusses the Council of Europe report (AP)

The Vatican has welcomed a Council of Europe report which found that the Holy See has made progress towards financial transparency (PDF of report, video).

The Australian state of Victoria is considering whether to force priests to report confessions of abuse to police.

Young Polish Catholics have launched an online petition calling for the cancellation of a Madonna concert in Warsaw on August 1.

The Vatican has appointed Our Sunday Visitor as the exclusive distributor of the English edition of L’Osservatore Romano.

The New York Times joins the oldest working priest in New York City in his Bronx parish.

Outside magazine profiles the Irish missionary who became “the guru of Kenyan running”.

And days before the start of the London Olympics, the Catholic Truth Society reveals that its former general secretary was a double Olympic gold medallist.

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