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Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/04/13

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

By on Thursday, 18 April 2013

Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

A Church that does not go out of itself sooner or later sickens from the stale air of closed rooms,” Pope Francis has said in a message to the plenary assembly of Argentinian bishops.

Members of the new Group of Eight cardinals will advise Pope Francis on how to raise the morale and discipline of the Roman Curia, Cardinal George Pell has said (video from 1:50).

Ordinary Mgr Keith Newton has issued new guidelines on the celebration of the Eucharist in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (full text).

A message from Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud was delivered to Pope Francis yesterday (video).

American activist Roy Bourgeois has said he will appeal to Pope Francis to overturn Benedict XVI’s decision to remove him from the priesthood.

Jeff Mirus argues that Pope Francis’s comments on the Second Vatican Council this week show he “has the same view of the Council as his predecessors“.

And J Michelle Molina considers how the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola shaped Pope Francis.