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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 24/04/13

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

By on Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Pope Francis arrives in St Peter's Square for the general audience (AP)

Pope Francis arrives in St Peter's Square for the general audience (AP)

When Jesus returns to earth “we shall be judged by our charity“, Pope Francis said at his general audience this morning (full text, full video).

The Church is not an NGO but “a love story”, the Pope has said at a Mass with Vatican bank employees.

Two Syrian archbishops may still be in the hands of kidnappers, despite reports of their release, according to the New York Times.

Topless feminist protesters have drenched Belgian Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard in water during a debate on free speech.

Italian Jesuit Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio has accused Christian leaders in the Middle East of taking a “collaborationist” approach towards despotic regimes.

“Unwavering atheist” Paul Sims explains why he is a fan of Pope Francis.

And the Diocese of Brooklyn has taken out a series of advertisements across the trendy New York borough proclaiming Jesus as “the original hipster“.

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