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Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/06/13

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

By on Friday, 7 June 2013

Pope Francis meets Benedict XVI on March 23 (CNS)

Pope Francis meets Benedict XVI on March 23 (CNS)

Benedict XVI is enjoying “living like a monk” at the Vatican, a German author who met him recently has said (video).

Francis will not follow the papal tradition of spending the summer months at Castel Gandolfo and will remain at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican said yesterday.

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, has written a letter to the world’s seminarians, marking today’s solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Archdiocese of Chicago has said it hopes to raise $350m (£264m, €225m) for Catholic education in the biggest fundraising drive of its kind in America.

Vatican liturgy official Abbot Michael Zielinski OSB compares Benedict XVI and Pope Francis’s approach to the Mass (video).

Tom Roberts argues that Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia embody the two contrasting paths of American Catholicism.

And Scott Woltze describes his journey from bank robber to Catholic convert.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.