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Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/08/13

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

By on Thursday, 29 August 2013

Pope Francis greets the faithful outside the Basilica of Sant'Agostino (AP)

Pope Francis greets the faithful outside the Basilica of Sant'Agostino (AP)

Christians must ask themselves if they have “a heart that is asleep“, Pope Francis said as he celebrated Mass on the feast of St Augustine yesterday (short video, full video).

The Pope urged young Italians to “make the future with beauty, with goodness and truth” when he met them yesterday.

Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass with his former students at the Vatican on Sunday (video).

The Dominican Republic has recognised its first religious wedding not held in a Catholic church.

Bishop Theophile Kaboy of Goma has said that “August has been very painful” for his flock as the Congolese army clashes with M23 rebels.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praises Martin Luther King for bringing religious values into the public square.

And Travis LaCouter argues that young Catholics should be busy creating content for the website BuzzFeed.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • NatOns

    Does our Holy Father, the Sovereign Pontiff, the Vicar of Christ and Successor to Peter really trust his servants (if not his ‘friends’ sic) so little that he must cling carrying his own dossier?

    Perhaps he is simply going to play tennis, or have a very thin lunch, after the walk-about; maybe he simply likes to carry things .. or giving the conspiracy theorists something to while away their lonely hours!

    Either way, it is rather sad that he feels the need to do this – a comfort and reassurance of normality amid so much formality, no doubt – but unkind to those who serve him .. doing them out of a rather simple service.


    God Bless Our Pope!

  • firstparepidemos

    As Archbishop of BA, the current Bishop of Rome moved around
    simply; why change now? Let’s keep him in prayer rather than speculate
    on papal intentions – Fr. Zuhlsdorf does more than enough of that sort of thing.

  • NatOns

    Ha! Very good. Yes, Fr Z does see much, and usually offers solidly commonsensical (if at times narrowly US of A) judgement toward what he sees. As, of course, from a different angle does Rorate Coeli (usually a sound basis to the reasoning there); including the wonderfully irritating enthusiasm of the whirlwind MV at Church Militant, these three are the only blogists I tend to view regularly .. the more meditative and liturgical sites for me, f p.

    Yet I do not add speculation on the Holy Father’s intentions, I muse with good humour and loving prayer on the image .. and consider the real feelings of those whose job it is to serve (a very great Christian privilege).

    God Bless Our Pope!