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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 01/05/13

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

By on Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Pope waves during this morning's general audience (AP)

The Pope waves during this morning's general audience (AP)

Pope Francis appealed for an end to slave labour at his general audience this morning (full text, full video).

The Holy Father condemned the working conditions of those who died in the factory collapse in Bangladesh at his morning Mass.

Senior Vatican Archbishop Angelo Becciu has said “the Pope was surprised” by reports that he intended to close the Vatican bank.

A controversial Brazilian priest has said that he feels “honoured” to have been excommunicated.

The Pope’s prayer intentions for May are dedicated to “administrators of justice” and seminaries (video).

Sandro Magister argues that the media “have so far covered up” Pope Francis’s most explosive comments “with indulgent silence”.

And a Franciscan priest and exorcist in San Francisco recalls his childhood memories of Padre Pio.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • NatOns

    A controversial Brazilian priest has said that he feels “honoured” to have been excommunicated.

    ‘On Facebook and Twitter, Daniel posted a brief statement about the excommunication: “I feel honored to belong to the long list of people who have been murdered and burned alive for thinking and searching for knowledge.”

    SPREAD OF MODERATE VIEWS

    Daniel’s excommunication, which prompted headlines across Brazil and protests in social media, illustrates the rising influence of more moderate social views in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest country, and much of the rest of the region.’

    The Moderate Views (sic) above are a euphemism, of course, for compromising with worldly values .. or more accurately, advancing fleshly desires.

    Dear Lord God, again, again, again I implore, protect us from the teachers who pander to itching ears …