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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/07/13

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

By on Monday, 8 July 2013

The Pope prays after throwing the wreath (AP)

The Pope prays after throwing the wreath (AP)

Pope Francis threw a wreath into the sea this morning in honour of migrants who died trying to reach on the Italian island of Lampedusa (full video of Mass).

Pope Francis said he hoped his first encyclical would be “be useful to those who are searching for God” in his Angelus address yesterday (full text, full video).

It is vital to practise contemplation “amid the whirlwind of more urgent and pressing duties”, Pope Francis said at a Mass with novices and seminarians on Sunday (full text, full video).

Rorate Caeli considers what went wrong during a crucial stage in talks between the SSPX and the Holy See.

John Allen, Ken Briggs, Archbishop Charles Chaput, Nelson Jones, Rocco Palmo, Andrew Sullivan and Fr John Zuhlsdorf comment on the forthcoming canonisation of John XXIII and John Paul II.

Jimmy Akin, John Allen, David Cloutier, Kevin Cotter, Kyle Cupp, Samuel Gregg, Fr James Martin SJ, Hector Molina and Rocco Palmo reflect on Pope Francis’s first encyclical Lumen Fidei.

And the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has published an article claiming that comic book hero the Incredible Hulk is Catholic.

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