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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

  • David

    ‘Mark Dowd reports from Buenos Aires on the continuing controversy over the future Pope’s record during Argentina’s Dirty War.’ It must be accepted that the BBC will bang on about this for as long as Pope Francis is Pope. It is probably also true that the BBC would have tried to discredit whoever had been elected. As a non-catholic and a lover of the BBC I find its general anti-Christian and, in particular, anti-catholic stance inexplicable.

  • NatOns

    ‘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.’

    Dear Lord preserve us from the faint praise of ageing pop stars and media personalities – let alone former politicians.

    Yet it is interesting that a doyen of the Age of Aquarius should appreciate the name of Francis (in a pope); no doubt because he was hi-jacked by hippidom, back in the day, but more so because it means something a soul who has turned to Christ (if not his Church).

    An interesting – if not exactly a self-effacing – aspect of this is to be found on the always intriguing, hyper-animated, and In-Your-Face enthusiastic media witness of Michael Voris; I suspect it reduces to this: one can lead a horse to water, but one cannot force it to drink – not even if it will perish without the refreshment .. it must choose to do so; of course MV’s energetic defence of the the Faith can be irritating to those of us who are more sedate, but more power to The Vortex and is bubbling, driven, urgent message of gospel Truth (even if one would like to see rather more of the balanced, rounded and grounded humanity of the man, revealed in the clip ..)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMfzIk8l8tE

  • maxmarley

    This headline looked interesting. When I viewed the source, I lost interest right away.

  • http://www.catholicyouthwork.com Catholic Youth Work

    I have just given up my TV licence in protest at the BBC. I really feel that they are actively persecuting Christians…

  • Unimpressed

    I’d have hoped Mark Dowd would have had more self respect that to be the front man of yet another BBC hatchet job.

  • Thanks for brightening my day

    Hilarious. I love the way the guy in the background has to suppress a yawn while she goes on. How embarrassing for fellow Ozzies! :)

  • Benedict Carter

    Voris is excellent, but I do wish he’d do something about the wig.