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Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/10/13

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

By on Friday, 4 October 2013

Pope Francis with members of the Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Pope Francis with members of the Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinals have decided to create a entirely new Vatican constitution, it was announced at the end of their three-day meeting yesterday (video).

The Pope denounced what he called an “inhuman global economic crisis” in an address marking the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Pacem in Terris yesterday.

A Polish diocese has rejected the country’s first request for damages by a clerical abuse victim, paving the way for a civil lawsuit.

Wallace Henley argues that the Pope and Presbyterian theologian Francis Schaeffer have a lot in common.

William Van Ornum explains why he feels “haunted” by Thomas Merton.

Beppe Severgnini suggests Francis is “the Church’s Steve Jobs“.

And cartoonist Jason Bach illustrates a different kind of “Francis effect”.

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