Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/09/12

Cardinal Angelo Scola celebrates the funeral mass for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

Benedict XVI praised Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini’s “great openness of heart” in a message read at the cardinal’s funeral at a packed Milan cathedral yesterday (video).

Hezbollah has said that it welcomes the “historic” visit of Pope Benedict to Lebanon on September 14-16.

A senior Muslim cleric in Pakistan has hailed a Christian girl accused of blasphemy as a “daughter of the nation” and guaranteed her safety if she is released from jail.

Archbishop of Louis Sako of Kirkuk has opened a school for both Muslims and Catholics in the troubled province in northern Iraq.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor says that former British Prime Minister and Catholic convert Tony Blair has “retracted many of his statements” at variance with Church teaching.

Catherine Pepinster argues that Cardinal Martini was wrong to appeal for a third Vatican Council.

Vatileaks journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi suggests that his work has led to “greater transparency” at the Vatican.

And the American Catholic Diocese of Charleston is turning to Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare in the quest for priestly vocations (video).

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