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Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/06/13

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

By on Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The Pope speaks to participants in the Rome pastoral convention (AP)

The Pope speaks to participants in the Rome pastoral convention (AP)

Catholics must “go out to reach the flesh of the Lord who suffers“, Pope Francis told participants in a Rome diocese convention yesterday (full video).

The Pope has decreed that the name of St Joseph should be added to Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV in the third edition of the Roman Missal (decree).

Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s successor as president of Venezuela, met the Holy Father yesterday (video).

A man shot in the back of the head at Mass in Utah on Sunday is likely to survive, reports AP.

Alessandro Speciale, Eric Lyman, Andres Oppenheimer, and John Allen reflect on Pope Francis’s impact as he approaches the milestone of his first 100 days on Thursday.

Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP argues that there is less discontinuity between Francis and Benedict XVI “than the press would have us believe”.

And Cardinal George Pell observes that one in three regularly worshipping young Catholics in Australia believes in reincarnation.

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

  • scary goat

    Wow…lot of stuff there. Haven’t got time to read all the articles now, but just from the headlines:

    1. We in the Church are suffering….from lack of clear teaching. Please sort that out and the rest will follow.

    2. St. Joseph, protector of The Church, pray for us.

    3. 100 days? Isn’t that a Chinese milestone?

    4. Less discontinuity? Don’t know….sometimes I think there is and sometimes I think there isn’t. I hope Fr. TM is right.

    5. Catholics believe in reincarnation? Wow…there’s a big surprise! Still, that’s ok…that will fit in nicely with the new world order.

  • Mark Nel

    Wish you would stop referring people to the National Catholic Reporter. Soon I may drop reading your paper because it does that. No need to support a newspaper that, directly or indirectly, supports content intent on creating schism in the Church.

  • NatOns

    MN, do not despair – a reference to heresy is not to become a heretic (or to support his aims) .. even if the heretical source is named in the same way as orthodox sources. To perceive where your wandering brother errs is an important point in helping to restore him – even at the ‘Fishwrap’ or the ‘Bitter Pill’; but to see where he is still aiming aright is more helpful still. It is a mystery, at times even a detective story, its clues and signs and plots befuddling, nonetheless, keeping abreast of that erring brother to draw him back – if one may – is an angelic and evangelical aspect of charity .. however irksome to the hard working, hard pressed, hardly noticed brother left to tend their Father’s fields.

  • Georda

    NCR has been forbidden from using the name “Catholic” since 1968. -Fr Z

  • Geordaq

    Forbidden by their bishop.

  • Saka

    But people can flag and delete comments they don’t like at NCR online so it’s probably very liberal.

  • NatOns

    Yip! That sounds like the liberalist version of Free Speech – it has little or nothing to do with actual liberty (let alone classical Libertas); it is well to know this .. if only to be prepared.