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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/06/13

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

By on Friday, 21 June 2013

François Hollande visits an area in south-west France affected by the flooding (AP)

François Hollande visits an area in south-west France affected by the flooding (AP)

Lourdes will be declared a natural disaster zone after the worst flooding in a century, French president François Hollande said yesterday.

Pope Francis should play no role in resolving the dispute between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Isles, the British ambassador to the United Nations has said.

It is “truly scandalous” that millions of people are still starving, the Pope told participants in a United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation conference yesterday (full text, video).

Mary Elizabeth Williams and Amy Goodman talk to Sister Helen Prejean on the 20th anniversary of her book, Dead Man Walking.

Fr Thomas Reece SJ says that Pope Francis recently offered some “suicidal” advice to journalists covering the Church.

Tim Glemkowski wonders why some Catholics are prone to accepting conspiracy theories.

And Fr Joseph Komonchak recalls the election of Pope Paul VI 50 years ago today.

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