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Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/04/13

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

By on Thursday, 11 April 2013

The Pope Emeritus and Pope Francis at Castel Gandolfo on March 23 (AP)

The Pope Emeritus and Pope Francis at Castel Gandolfo on March 23 (AP)

The Pope Emeritus is not suffering from a terminal illness, a Vatican spokesman said yesterday in response to reports that his health is deteriorating rapidly.

The Church in the Philippines has disputed the findings of a survey claiming that the number of Filipinos attending weekly Mass has fallen from 64 per cent in 1991 to 37 per cent today.

A three-day conference on adult stem-cell research began this morning at the Vatican.

Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti died yesterday, aged 90, reducing the number of cardinals to 205 (video).

Mark Dowd reports from Buenos Aires on the continuing controversy over the future Pope’s record during Argentina’s Dirty War.

David Gibson hails the few journalists who predicted that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio would become Pope.

And “Godmother of Punk” Patti Smith, who prayed that the new Pope would take the name Francis, met the Holy Father yesterday at the end of his general audience.

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

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Monday, April 15