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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/03/13

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

By on Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Pope Francis meets Argentine President Cristina Kirchner (CNS)

Pope Francis meets Argentine President Cristina Kirchner (CNS)

Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner and Pope Francis had a strikingly cordial meeting at the Vatican yesterday (video).

Pope Francis is unlikely to have read the confidential report on the VatiLeaks scandal yet, a Vatican spokesman said yesterday.

Rocco Palmo says the new Pope’s coat of arms reflects “the simplicity for which the 266th bishop of Rome has already become rather renowned”.

Christianity Today explores why Argentinian Evangelicals admire Pope Francis.

Aleteia publishes an extract on priestly celibacy from Pope Francis’s book, Sobre el Cielo y la Tierra (“On the Heavens and the Earth”).

Sherry Weddell offers advice to Catholics suffering from “Post-Conclave Stress Disorder“.

And Eva Vergara notes that, although Pope Francis was given an iPad on Saturday, he still prefers to write on a typewriter.

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

  • lewispbuckingham

    ‘Unlikely to have read the confidential report on the VatiLeaks scandal’
    Maybe so, but likely to have read the two A4 page summary provided on the cover.

  • Lee

    When Evangelicals of today admire The Pope, alarm bells start ringing and as for ‘simplicity’ more like needless vulgarity and ‘pauperism’.

  • Chesire11

    Why do so many wish to divide the members of the Mystical Body of Christ against itself?

  • AlanP

    So you’d rather people DIDN’T admire the Pope?

  • scary goat

    “Post Conclave Stress Disorder”…..I’m certainly suffering from that!

    Evangelicals? Inter-faith dialogue? Hmmmmm….no harm in being friendly and discussing….but I’m not overly keen on all this ecumenism to be honest. I think it’s inclined to muddy the waters.

    Celibacy….at least he seems pretty solid on that…and hopefully will sort out those who think they can have their cake and eat it.