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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/08/13

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

By on Friday, 2 August 2013

GK Chesterton takes a stroll in Brighton, England, in 1935 (AP)

GK Chesterton takes a stroll in Brighton, England, in 1935 (AP)

An English bishop is “seeking a suitable cleric” to investigate the possible Cause of GK Chesterton, the American Chesterton Society has reported.

Zenit has published the first part of its full English translation of the Pope’s in-flight press conference.

Benedict XVI knew his successor “only slightly” before his resignation, but “appreciates him very much“, Mgr Georg Ratzinger has said.

The Pope’s prayer intentions for August focus on parents and teachers, and the Church in Africa.

Stephanie Saldana says that kidnapped priest Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio recently told her “he couldn’t bear to remain in the safety of exile while others died” in Syria.

Joseph Shaw argues that the Extraordinary Form appeals across social classes, while the Ordinary Form is “more appealing to the middle class“.

And the New York Times challenges you to distinguish between the teachings of John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.

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