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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/04/13

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

By on Monday, 8 April 2013

Pope Francis receives the pastoral staff during Mass at St  John Lateran (AP)

Pope Francis receives the pastoral staff during Mass at St John Lateran (AP)

God always waits for us, even when we have left him behind,” Pope Francis said as he formally took possession of the St John Lateran on Sunday (full text, full video).

The Pope urged the faithful not to “be afraid to be Christians” at the Regina Caeli yesterday.

In his first curial appointment Pope Francis has named Franciscan leader Fr José Rodríguez Carballo as secretary of the congregation for religious.

One person died and more than 80 were injured in clashes outside St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo yesterday.

John Allen visits the shantytowns in Buenos Aires where the future Pope ministered.

Bosnian grand mufti Sheikh Mustafa Cerić urges Pope Francis to “do what he can to work with Muslims“.

And Fr Tim Finigan wonders how the Vatican press office would announce the Second Coming.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • NatOns

    ‘“God always waits for us, even when we have left him behind,” Pope Francis said as he formally took possession of the St John Lateran on Sunday’

    Note well: the Holy Father was ‘enthroned’ in his cathedral, with no slaughtered beasts’ entrails for the augurs to pour over, no installation (like a kitchen cabinet) .. just a plain old elevation, chair and staff – amid the splendour of Saint John Lateran.

    God bless our Pope; once again he shows how human humility can thrive amid divine magnificence .. if one makes the effort (as he and Benedict XVI have done) .. as ever a joy to behold.

    And what a joyful message: truly, the Lord has blessed us wonderfully in his servant, may God further bless us in those who return to obedience and/ or communion.