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Cross Wires: Thursday headlines

Latest Catholic news from home and abroad

Pope Benedict XVI recommends the Bible for summer holiday reading during general audience at Castel Gandolfo, Italy. (Video link)

http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-recommends-books-for-summer-reading-english-4637.html

Aid to the Church in Need report and film on the plight of Christians in Iraq.

http://www.acnuk.org/news.php/249/iraq-archbishop-praises-courage-of-christians-after-kirkuk-bomb-blast

Public protests in Syria were not originally intended to bring down the Assad government, according to a noted Vatican Arab scholar Fr Samir Khalil Samir, SJ.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=11262

Spanish Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, the Vatican cardinal in charge of the Mass, wants Catholics to revert to receiving Communion on the tongue while kneeling.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/vatican-call-to-formalise-communion-ritual/story-e6frg6n6-1226107759452

Fr Fernando Valenciano, the longest-standing member of Opus Dei, can still recall with crystal clarity the day over seven decades ago when his life changed forever.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/meet-the-longest-standing-member-of-opus-dei-father-valenciano/

AND FINALLY

The bobblehead figure of US Catholic Bishop Donald W Trautman is in demand.

http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110803/NEWS02/308029911/-1/newssitemap

-Cross Wires is the Scottish Catholic Observer blog

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