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Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/11/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Monday, 5 November 2012

The Pope greets the faithful during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

The Pope greets the faithful during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Those who love God are “able to love even those who do not deserve it“, Benedict XVI said in his Angelus address on Sunday (full text, video).

Bishop Tawadros will succeed the late Shenouda III as Coptic pope after his name was selected yesterday by a blindfolded boy (video).

Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris has urged French Catholics to oppose the socialist government’s plan to legalise same-sex marriage.

Pope Benedict celebrated Mass for the 10 cardinals and 143 bishops who have died in the past year on Saturday (video).

Bradley Brooks joins 50,000 worshippers at the inaugural Mass of a vast new church built by charismatic Brazilian priest Fr Marcelo Rossi (profile of Fr Rossi).

On the eve of the US presidential elections George Weigel argues that there is no “Catholic vote”.

And Fr C John McCloskey salutes the chastity expert, ex-rock music journalist, convert from Judaism, theologian and blogger Dawn Eden.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

  • Nat_ons

    ‘”People want big spaces. They want grand places for prayer,” he told the Globo TV network. “One candle illuminates, 10 candles illuminate — and 100,000 candles light up so much more.” ‘

    In other words most souls are attracted by the light of confident, faithful and energetic witness to the Faith – not Bureaucro-speaking technocrat management (they can get enough of that at work, no doubt). Sadly, not all who seek to enlighten others are themselves trustworthy lights – just as many who are attracted to such vibrant lights may themselves seem to some eyes like ghastly creatures of the dark (in need of rebirth or transformation). Enthusiastic glow, then, is a necessary component in attracting wandering souls – however irritating such enthusiasts can be to more plodding, daily-grind workers – yet it is also a grave danger, like any fire, for unguarded or untrained it can burn up as well as enlighten .. thus mere numbers attracted cannot be the rightly judged understanding of ‘charism’, rather the standard must be fidelity to the graced teaching of a living faith, as held fast in unity with the church catholic (not least with the saints at Rome).