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Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/08/13

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

By on Friday, 30 August 2013

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes (AP)

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes (AP)

Vatican Cardinal Angelo Amato will beatify a priest tomorrow who died of starvation in a Romanian prison in 1954.

Pope Francis has praised the Archdiocese of Seoul’s decision to dedicate September to the Korean martyrs.

The schools adjudicator has told a leading English Catholic school it cannot give priority to the children of parents involved in local church activities.

Robin Harris argues that “the more Islamic the state, the harsher the treatment Christians receive“.

Paul Moses suggests that Pope Francis’s election is a setback for “the movement aimed at persuading liberal Catholics to leave their Church“.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf asks whether the Church should require Catholics to fast for more than an hour before receiving Communion.

And Steve Nolan profiles a former Trappist monk who is building a giant church outside Madrid from garbage in thanksgiving for surviving tuberculosis more than 50 years ago.

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  • NatOns

    ‘And Steve Nolan profiles a former Trappist monk who is building a giant church outside Madrid from garbage in thanksgiving for surviving tuberculosis more than 50 years ago.’

    Tilting at windmills, with a purpose, can indeed be more than building castles in Spain. Let this be a lesson to those who work among favellas and townships and sink estates; plastic bottle lights and cardbord tube pillars, and a phenomenal sense of dedication can make even discarded rubbish into something beautiful – if ephemeral (Jesuits and Trappists and architects included). Involve – at the centre of this divine and uplifting purpose – those people who have been merrily discarded on the rubbish heap of life, then dear Lord only knows what miracles of grace may pour in .. some might even begin once more to believe in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church (not the earthly riches gospel that so easily perverts their hopes and minds and eternal souls).

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    This is the constructive spirit of Saint Francis and the Franciscans, if anyone is still interested in the reality – not merely their own destructive revolutionary mayhem.