Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/02/13

Benedict XVI with the then Serbian president Boris Tadic at the Vatican in 2009 (AP)

A papal visit to Serbia marking the 1,700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan “is not possible”, the Apostolic Nuncio to Serbia, Archbishop Orlando Antonini, has said.

The Pontifical Council for the Family announced yesterday that it will release a “Charter of Rights of the Family” this year.

A Catholic hospital in America said yesterday that it had been “morally wrong” to argue that the unborn child is not a person in response to a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Irish government will publish a report on the state’s involvement in the Church-run Magdalene laundries today.

Benedict XVI has called a consistory to consider three canonisation Causes: those of an Italian tailor, a Colombian religious and a Mexican Sister.

Austen Ivereigh and Tina Beattie discuss whether Catholics should support the same-sex marriage Bill British MPs will vote on this evening.

And Richard Gaillardetz considers whether “magisterial activism” – an outpouring of curial and papal documents – is “a necessary ecclesial response to our postmodern information age“.

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