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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 25/09/13

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By on Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Pope Francis is mobbed before this morning's general audience (AP)

Pope Francis is mobbed before this morning's general audience (AP)

Catholics should pray that they become instruments of unity, rather than division, Pope Francis said at his general audience this morning (short video, full video, analysis by John Allen).

Papal adviser Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga has told the Canadian bishops that Benedict XVI “has given us the direction and tools to sail a steady course“.

John Allen previews the first face-to-face meeting of the Group of Eight cardinals with Pope Francis next week.

America magazine’s editors weigh up Pope Francis’s first six months a week after landing their papal scoop.

Sandro Magister describes Cardinal Mauro Piacenza as “the most illustrious victim” of Francis’s curial reforms so far.

An American priest is urging Catholics to pray daily for an hour before the Blessed Sacrament at the same time as Pope Francis.

And George Weigel plants a small cross during a poignant visit to the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • NatOns

    ‘Papal adviser Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga has told the Canadian bishops that Benedict XVI “has given us the direction and tools to sail a steady course“.

    He spoke about how Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI changed the way we think about and practice charity through his landmark encyclical Deus Caritas Est and the Motu Proprio Intima Ecclesiae Natura.’

    A set of truths that the more traditionally minded souls must get a firmer hold upon, if we are to deliver on the purpose of liturgical renewal. Not tinkering with this or that manner of worshipping God, but of believing what we pray, and acting on what we believe. This is what Pope Francis asks to see, in his own inimitable style, charity, rather than ideological battle lines drawn across the Sanctuary.

    ‘”We have come to believe in God’s love”: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life.’ Benedict XVI, Deus caritas est.

  • buckingham88

    John Allen previews the first face-to-face meeting of the Group of Eight cardinals with Pope Francis next week.
    By convening the G8 Pope Francis has at his fingertips a group of mentors and counselors with their finger on the global pulse.
    He also has access to a potential group of friends in a community who know who to pick to clean up the administrative mess.
    As such he may swiftly start renewal.