Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/09/12

Pope Benedict boards the place to Lebanon at Ciampino airport (AP)

Benedict XVI left Rome this morning at the start of his challenging three-day trip to Lebanon.

The Society of St Pius X (SSPX) could soon expel English Bishop Richard Williamson, Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli has claimed.

A judge in the United States has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the Legionaries of Christ of defrauding a wealthy widow.

“Democracy cannot be reduced to the rule of the majority,” Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke has told an audience in Kenya (full text).

Our Sunday Visitor is to launch a special weekly edition for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, replacing the archdiocese’s former newspaper, the Catholic Standard and Times.

John Allen asks if Pope Benedict’s visit to the Middle East will “inflame extremist Islamic sentiment even further“.

And Christopher Blum hails a new biography of Francis of Assisi that insists that the saint was “emphatically not a vegetarian“.

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