Today’s Catholic must-reads: 30/01/13

Cardinal Ennio Antonelli greets the Pope at this morning's audience (AP)

It is not easy for those with “an overly authoritarian and inflexible father” to trust in God the Father, Benedict XVI said at his general audience this morning (full text, video).

Syrians are “now addicted to horror every day“, a Catholic archbishop in Aleppo has said after scores of bodies were recovered from a river outside the city.

Pope Benedict has chosen two young Lebanese Catholics to write the Stations of the Cross meditations that he will use on Good Friday at the Colosseum.

The Conventual Franciscans have re-elected the Italian priest Fr Marco Tasca as their leader (video).

Cardinal Timothy Dolan tells Brandon Vogt that he and other bishops “marvel at the blogs and websites of committed, educated lay people“.

An Italian archbishop who was confined to his residence by gay activists has said he spent the time reading a book called The Triumph of Christianity.

And a young British artist is earning plaudits for his ultra-realistic drawings of subjects including Mother Teresa.

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