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Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/03/13

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

By on Thursday, 14 March 2013

Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St Peter's last night (AP)

Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St Peter's last night (AP)

Pope Francis may visit his native Argentina in July when he travels to Brazil to celebrate World Youth Day, reports John Thavis.

The Pope made a surprise visit to the Basilica of St Mary Major this morning, startling local children on their way to school.

A website is offering rough and ready English translations of recent texts by Pope Francis and Catholic Culture has gathered links to his articles.

The Telegraph compiles newspaper front pages from around the world covering the new Pope’s election.

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Fr Thomas Reese SJ, Fr John Zuhlsdorf, Ross Douthat, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Charles Camosy, Matthew Shadle, Sandro Magister, Joseph Shaw, John Haldane and Fr Timothy Radcliffe react to Pope Francis’s election.

Statistician Nate Silver considers why the cardinals might have chosen an older candidate.

And Reuters investigates why Pope Francis is such a passionate fan of the football team San Lorenzo.

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