Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/08/12

Pope Benedict pictured during yesterday's Angelus at Castel Gandolfo (AP)

Judas betrayed Jesus because “he wanted a winning Messiah“, Benedict XVI said in his Angelus address yesterday.

Vatican Radio has confirmed that Pope Benedict’s visit to Lebanon will go ahead next month “despite the climate of growing tension” in the country.

Priests in Scotland read out a pastoral letter at Masses yesterday opposing the Scottish government’s plan to legalise same-sex marriage (full text).

Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, outlines his vision for the renewal of the Irish Church.

Menachem Gantz argues that the appointment of Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Israel is “an embarrassment and humiliation” for the nation.

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez considers whether Pope Benedict’s visit to the island helped advocates of democracy.

And a “beautiful reddish purple and gold coloured Citroën” driven by Pope Pius XI is to go on display at the Vatican.

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