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Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/07/13

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

By on Thursday, 11 July 2013

Ernst von Freyberg, president of the Vatican bank (AP)

Ernst von Freyberg, president of the Vatican bank (AP)

The Vatican has issued regulations forbidding the destruction or manipulation of documents relating to the Vatican bank, reports Andrea Tornielli.

Four out of 10 Poles attend Sunday Mass, according to the latest figures.

Politicians in Italy have accused the Pope of promoting illegal immigration through his visit to Lampedusa on Monday.

Kevin Jones describes the miraculous healing of a newborn that led to a breakthrough in the Cause of Opus Dei Bishop Álvaro del Portillo.

Sandro Magister says that “after 120 days of his pontificate Pope Francis has not yet spoken the words abortion, euthanasia, homosexual marriage“.

British comedian Frank Skinner explains why he loves Ignatian spirituality (full text).

And a Colombian priest has responded to the Pope’s appeal for simplicity by putting his Mercedes convertible up for sale.

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

  • NatOns

    ‘Politicians in Italy have accused the Pope of promoting illegal immigration through his visit to Lampedusa on Monday.’

    Sadly, Italy has little to complain of .. although it is, no doubt, glad to cast the media’s glaring light of blame onto the Pope. If Italy, and with it the whole European Union, not least the on-off, yes-no, if-and-but UK, took migration of the massive and illegal sort seriously a better system would be found; yet political correctness, and cold hearted disregard, forbids it (even the kindly sort of concern). The tumbling and ageing population figures of many European countries – of Italy it seems more than most – speaks of the ostrich burying its head in the sand imagery; so that much of Europe will (not might) be peopled by a non-European, non-Christian, and non-committal (discontented even hostile) populace – once again – is simply the outcome of political policy (as before) .. not the charity of the church at Rome toward the need of strangers (as our brethren, not as aliens from another world).

  • Tanino Panormitano

    I believe that you do not understand the situation in my island. Lampedusa is a very tiny place and it can hardly sustain immigrants. The level of unemployment of my country – we do not have a “benefit” system – is so high that we can hardly sustain ourselves, let alone others coming in. In Italy to be unemployed means to be poor.

  • NatOns

    Indeed, TP, I do understand and empathise. This prompts all the more need for Europe as a whole, not just its individual parts – especially its smallest – to bear the burden .. as if alone. For the Italian government to turn from the looming disaster or massive migration and plummeting decrease in population is no excuse to make a protest at the Holy Father highlighting the mistreatment of the poorest of the poor – the stranger in our midst.