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Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/03/13

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

By on Friday, 22 March 2013

Patriarch Louis Sako at his installation in Baghdad on March 6 (CNS)

Patriarch Louis Sako at his installation in Baghdad on March 6 (CNS)

The Pope has accepted an invitation to visit Iraq, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako said after their meeting yesterday.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has said that belonging to a religious order may help Pope Francis to resolve the stand-off between the Vatican and the US Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Argentinian newspaper La Nación has revealed that the new Pope’s favourite books include works by Romano Guardini, Henri Nouwen and Ethel Mannin.

Catholic World Report has published an English translation of Cardinal Bergoglio’s 2012 letter to catechists

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia says the Pope is showing deep concern for Middle Eastern Christians.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf suggests Pope Francis is taking a risk in celebrating Holy Thursday Mass in a prison.

And the Irish Examiner reports that a “mystery woman” walked into pub hours before the Pope’s election and urged punters to place a bet on 50-1 outsider Cardinal Bergoglio.

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

  • anon

    re Irish Examiner: ” a tiresome witch” walked in.
    Do they cover stories on the impending abyss of abortion?

  • NatOns

    “Fr John Zuhlsdorf suggests Pope Francis is taking a risk in celebrating Holy Thursday Mass in a prison.”

    Does he not merely indicate the genuine difficulty that a free-wheeling papacy .. following the likes/ dislikes of one man .. can create = for the papacy, the church catholic, and our Sacred Tradition of living Faith placed under his care?

    Other popes have visited prisons; some even with as much media-hype (and such hype is the very opposite result our gracious Pope Francis so clearly intends). The point is that this cannot merely be a whim of a loose canon, careering around the helm, in Ark of Christ .. a change of style, and a very dangerous one; it is humble use of of important time. St John Lateran is the Cathedral of Rome, for a bishop to snub – indeed openly affront – his people is a dire move, but that is not what Pope Francis has done; as Rome’s Bishop he has not yet taken possession of his episcopal Chair (he was enthroned as sovereign of the Vatican State and elevated to the fatherly witness of the Petrine Ministry); as Fr Z well understands, Pope Francis has moved the Good Thursday liturgy (with its core meaning of Priesthood, Eucharist, and Sacrifice .. not the optional ‘washing of feet’ ..) from the Vatican Basilica to a prison – an unusual move, yes, but not an affront to the people of Rome nor the overturning of Sacred Tradition in favour of D-I-Y liturgies (at least good grace may perceive it properly in that light .. after all, popes may be/ should be corrected if/ when their personal opinions are in grave error).

    God bless our Pope!