Today’s Catholic must-reads: 17/10/12

Pope Benedict XVI (AP)

Benedict XVI began a new cycle of catechesis devoted to the Creed at his general audience this morning (full text, video).

The Pope is sending a delegation to Damascus to express solidarity with the Syrian people, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone announced at the synod of bishops yesterday evening (video).

Caritas has seen a 44.5 per cent rise in the number of people seeking support at its centres in Italy in the first half of 2012.

Rocco Palmo says Pope Benedict is expected to appoint Vatican Archbishop Joseph Tobin as the next Archbishop of Indianapolis tomorrow.

David Gibson meets Priests for Life leader Fr Frank Pavone following his year-long “exile in Amarillo”.

Robert Royal says he detected an “unacknowledged nervousness” amid enthusiasm about the new evangelisation during a trip to Rome last week.

And Pia Luciani remembers her uncle, Pope John Paul I, who was born 100 years ago today.

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