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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/03/13

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

By on Thursday, 21 March 2013

Pope Francis embraces the Ecumenical Patriarch yesterday (CNS)

Pope Francis embraces the Ecumenical Patriarch yesterday (CNS)

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land with him next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark meeting between Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI.

Francisco Jalics, a Jesuit kidnapped in 1970s Argentina, has issued a new statement clarifying that neither he nor fellow Jesuit Orlando Yorio were betrayed by the future Pope Francis.

The Vatican has released an official photograph of the new Pope.

Sandro Magister suggests how Pope Francis could drastically reform the Roman Curia.

In an editorial Christianity Today hails Francis as “a Pope for all Christians“.

Emily Chertoff explains why commentators are unable to pigeonhole Pope Francis as either a conservative or progressive.

And management consultant Patrick Lencioni suggests that CEOs can learn from the new Pope’s leadership style.

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

  • NatOns

    ‘Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land with him next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark meeting between Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI.’

    Please God they may do so, in peace and safety. For this – and not the confused (and confusing) liturgies placed before Blessed John Paul II at Assisi – is the meaning of Oecumenism; indeed it is another little step toward sincere communion (if not yet at the Lord’s Table). Along with Benedict’s truly graced-filled Ordinate – already maligned as its was also deeply misunderstood and wilfully opposed from the start – genuine household management, friendship and commonwealth does not mean galloping headlong to the lowest common denominator .. to sort out the puzzling material sum of each of the parts: De Mystico Iesu Christi Corpore.