Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/03/13

Cardinal Scola preaches in Santi Apostoli, Rome, yesterday (AP)

Cardinal Angelo Scola urged Catholics to “pray that the Holy Spirit gives the Church a man who can lead her in the footsteps of the great pontiffs of the past 150 years” as the cardinals celebrated Masses in their titular churches in Rome yesterday.

Pakistani Christians demonstrated in Lahore yesterday after a Muslim mob burned down an estimated 170 houses in a Christian part of the city following a blasphemy accusation.

An Egyptian Christian has died in a Libyan prison after he was arrested on suspicion of proselytism.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi argues that this week’s conclave can be truly understood “only from the perspective of faith“.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan tackles the “common misperception that a new pope can ‘change doctrine’“.

The National Catholic Register has posted its supplement celebrating the pontificate of Benedict XVI for free online (PDF).

And a new website is offering to let you know by text or email the moment that the white smoke appears.

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