Today’s Catholic must-reads: 01/08/12

Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during this morning's general audience (AP)

Benedict XVI praised the writings of St Alphonsus Liguori during his general audience at Castel Gandolfo this morning (video).

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said that Blessed John Paul II’s “words changed the world” during a visit to Poland.

A court in Belgium has ordered the jailed ex-wife of the child killer Marc Dutroux to be transferred to a convent.

The Pope will pray especially for prisoners and young people in August, the Vatican has announced.

The Vatican Information Service has published its last communiqué, ending a service that began in 1991 (video).

Catholic groups in Poland have intensified their protests against a concert by Madonna in Warsaw this evening.

Fergal Keane talks to Christians who have fled to Lebanon because of civil war in Syria.

And the blog Catholic Sistas reveals which saint holds the longest-standing individual Guinness world record.