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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 19/06/13

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

By on Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The Pope greets a girl after this morning's general audience (AP)

The Pope greets a girl after this morning's general audience (AP)

Pope Francis told pilgrims at his general audience today that he had just spent 40 minutes praying with an evangelical pastor (full text, short video, full video).

An elderly woman has died after flash floods inundated the grotto at Lourdes (video).

Vatican theologians have attributed a second miracle to Blessed John Paul II, paving the way for his canonisation, ANSA has reported.

Cardinal Bechara Rai consecrated Lebanon and the entire Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sunday amid the worsening crisis in Syria.

Pope Francis described the Pharisees as “intellectuals without talent, ethicists without goodness” and “bearers of museum beauty” at Mass this morning.

James Roberts says the ordinariate is succeeding in bringing “Anglican patrimony” into the Catholic Church.

And Pope Francis gave a baseball cap to a boy suffering in the sun in St Peter’s Square this morning (video at 0:40).

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