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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 31/07/13

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

By on Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Pope Francis meets Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek in June (CNS)

Pope Francis meets Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek in June (CNS)

Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of two Slovenian archbishops in relation to a reported billion dollar debt accrued by the Archdiocese of Maribor.

The Holy Father has chosen “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace” as the theme for the 47th World Day of Peace in 2014.

The Institute for the Works of Religion, or Vatican bank, has launched a new website, Ior.va.

On the 45th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Janet E Smith says that Catholics are “engaged in a war of epic proportions“.

Raymond Arroyo argues that media reaction to Francis’s in-flight press conference shows “that papal handlers do have their place”.

Alexander Stille of the New Yorker suggests that “Francis’s candour and personal charm allow him to get away with things that his predecessors might not have“.

And a nine-year-old Brazilian boy moved Pope Francis to tears last Friday when he ran up to the Popemobile and told him he wanted to become a priest (video from 0:35)

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