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Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/09/13

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

By on Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Pope Francis addresses clergy at the Basilica of St John Lateran yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis addresses clergy at the Basilica of St John Lateran yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis said “the Church has never been so well as it is today” in a wide-ranging address to clergy in Rome yesterday (video).

Archbishop Timothy Broglio, head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” after a gunman killed at least 12 people in a Washington navy yard yesterday.

Nuncio Archbishop Mario Zenari has said that “two miracles” have taken place in Syria since Pope Francis presided at a vigil for peace in the country.

Andrea Gagliarducci argues that early evidence suggests Pope Francis’s “way of governing may be many things, but it is not collegial“.

Andrew Motyka urges traditionalists to tackle what he calls their “reputation problem“.

Anthony Clark tells the little-known stories of China’s modern Catholic martyrs (part one and part two).

And Jonathan Malesic advises Catholics to beware of MOOCs.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.