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Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/04/13

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

By on Thursday, 4 April 2013

Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Catholic Herald photo by Allen Fredrickson)

Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Catholic Herald photo by Allen Fredrickson)

Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee has authorised the release of thousands of pages of documents related to clerical abuse cases dating back as far as 80 years.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has sent a telegram expressing the Pope’s “spiritual closeness” to those affected by flooding that has killed at least 54 people in Argentina.

Eighty-four per cent of American Catholics have a favourable view of Pope Francis, according to a new Pew Research Center poll (full report).

Coach Cesare Prandelli has called for a friendly between Italy and Argentina to be played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in honour of Pope Francis (video).

Rorate Caeli says the new Pope is seeking to set an example by celebrating a public Mass most Sundays (video).

Fr James Schall SJ predicts that the Pope Emeritus’s complete works will eventually “equal in length that of Augustine, Aquinas, and Bonaventure“.

And Carol Glatz discovers why Pope Francis appeared to freeze when he first appeared on the balcony of St Peter’s.

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