Today’s Catholic must-reads: 08/08/12

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

Benedict XVI devoted this morning’s general audience to the life of St Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (video).

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has attracted criticism for inviting US President Barack Obama to attend a traditional fundraising dinner for Catholic charities.

The Holy See has reportedly rejected Bulgaria’s new candidate for ambassador because he is the author of a racy novel.

The Archdiocese of Detroit has suspended a priest who was arrested for allegedly driving a car while naked and intoxicated.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago urges believers not to view God as “a cosmic wimp”.

Former men’s tennis player Mario Ancic says that a mysterious illness inspired him to try “to live a Catholic life”.

Cardinal Dolan reveals that, like today’s Olympians, he too was once a gold medallist.

And after today’s general audience, the Benedictine monks of Norcia presented their new beer to Pope Benedict.

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