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Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/04/13

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

By on Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Pope Francis at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Pope Francis at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Blessed John Paul II could be canonised in October after Vatican doctors declared that a second healing was “inexplicable”, Vatican expert Andrea Tornielli has reported.

The Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Syria, were reportedly kidnapped yesterday while conducting humanitarian work.

Pope Francis has cancelled a €25,000 (£21,400, $32,500) bonus due to be paid to five cardinals overseeing the Vatican bank.

Damien Cave meets an American prison chaplain ministering to members of one of Mexico’s most brutal drug cartels.

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney argues that “Europe desperately needs one or two Margaret Thatchers“.

Time magazine visits the Brazilian factory where workers are creating latex Pope Francis masks for World Youth Day pilgrims.

And Hangover star Bradley Cooper has said that the “ritual” and “pageantry” of Mass inspired him “to have faith in God”.

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  • Andrew Young

    Cardinal George Pell of Sydney argues that “Europe desperately needs one or two Margaret Thatchers“.
    Now why does that not surprise me.

  • leahydave10

    Cardinal Pell’s article leaves a lot to be desired. No consideration for those put out of work, and never to work again for their families. One would expect better from a man of the cloth. The vindickifness by which she operated was unchristian. If this is what he feels Europe needs then may God protect us all from Cardinal Pell and his like.

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

    Pretty much every time Cardinal Pell opens his mouth he irritates me. He loves commenting on “Europe” especially, but yet with little understanding – just a whole load of supposition and misplaced anger!