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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/08/13

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

By on Thursday, 8 August 2013

Cardinal O'Malley spoke at the Knights of St Columbus supreme convention (AP)

Cardinal O'Malley spoke at the Knights of St Columbus supreme convention (AP)

Pope Francis is showing that if we first “evangelise and humanise the culture, then the world will be safe for the unborn, the elderly and the unproductive“, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston has said (full text).

The Pope told would-be priests yesterday that “joining the seminary is as serious as getting married“.

Jesuit superior general Fr Adolfo Nicolás has spoken of his emotion when “a Jesuit Pope presided at one of our Eucharistic celebrations” for the first time in history last week.

Michael d’Antonio and David Gibson suggest that Francis risks alienating a significant part of his flock.

Taylor Marshall argues that Michelangelo’s decision to depict Moses with horns wasn’t based on a translation error.

The Philadelphia Inquirer pays tribute to a devout Catholic “hospital clown”.

And Alberto Gasbarri, chief organiser of papal trips, says that “T-shirts, hats, scarves, balls, flowers, bandanas, photographs, letters, drawings, rosaries – and even a bishop’s ring” were thrown into the Popemobile in Rio.

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