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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/09/13

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

By on Thursday, 19 September 2013

Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (AP)

Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (AP)

Pope Francis has called for new efforts to promote “mutual understanding between the world’s Christians and Muslims” in a personal message to Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has accused “foreign agencies” of leading a “campaign for abortion, supply of condoms and promotion of same-sex unions” in the country.

A cross containing a relic of Archbishop Oscar Romero will be dedicated at St George’s Cathedral in London today.

Garry O’Sullivan, publisher of the Irish Catholic, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s critique of the Catholic press has “a considerable whiff of the late Archbishop McQuaid“.

Vicente Morín Aguado asks if the Catholic Church can really change Cuba.

Gerald McDermott considers whether Moses had a stutter.

And a new Pope Francis cologne inspired by the Holy Father’s “humble and down-to-earth” personality has gone on sale.

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