Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/01/13

Members of the Holy Land Co-ordination in Jordan (Mazur/

A group of bishops from Europe and North America called the Holy Land Co-ordination has urged Catholics to support Middle Eastern Christians by going on pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has written to the Governor of New York asking him to reject measures that would increase the city’s already “tragically high” abortion rate.

Monks in California have created a chapel built with stones from a medieval Cistercian monastery in Spain.

The Vatican has written to American peace activist Roy Bourgeois, formally dismissing him from the priesthood (full text).

Fr François Kawas says that even though millions poured into Haiti following the earthquake three years ago few Haitians see “many visible results in their daily lives“.

AFP profiles Natalia Tsarkova, the artist who describes herself as “a small bridge between Orthodoxy and Catholicism“.

And the daughter of the new Bosnian ambassador to the Holy See has presented the Pope with a drawing of himself “with big arms, so you can hug us” (video).

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