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Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/08/13

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

By on Monday, 26 August 2013

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

The gate that is Jesus is never closed,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address yesterday (video).

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has denied claims that Benedict XVI resigned following a mystical experience, according to Vatican Insider (report in Italian).

Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai has suggested that “there is a plan to destroy the Arab world for political and economic interests“, Vatican Radio has reported.

The Prince of Wales has given a “substantial” donation to a campaign to restore a Scottish church granted special status by the Pope in the 14th century.

Vandals have ransacked a church in Utah, smashing a statue of the Sacred Heart and stamping on a portrait of the Pope.

Rod Dreher, Matthew Franck, Sam Rocha and Robert Royal respond to Joseph Bottum’s argument in favour of same-sex marriage.

And the BBC suggests that a significant number of Hispanics in the United States are abandoning Catholicism for Islam (video)

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