Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/11/12

Pope Benedict marks the 500th anniversary in the Sistine Chapel (CNS)

Benedict XVI marked the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s completion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling with a prayer service last night (video).

Syrian rebels have reportedly burned down an Armenian church in Aleppo.

Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, former Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, died yesterday, aged 75.

Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for November is that priests and bishops “bear the courageous witness of fidelity to the crucified and risen Lord“.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston has launched a Twitter campaign urging Catholics to oppose the legalisation of assisted suicide in Massachusetts (video, Twitter account).

Patrick Doyle says the Church in Boston is witnessing a revival a decade after the abuse crisis that devastated the archdiocese.

And L’Osservatore Romano is so taken with the new James Bond film Skyfall that it has published five articles about it.

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on November 5.

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