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Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/12/13

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

By on Thursday, 5 December 2013

Christians celebrate Holy Cross Day in Ma'loula in 2009 (AP)

Christians celebrate Holy Cross Day in Ma'loula in 2009 (AP)

Patriarch Gregorios III has said the Syrian Church has three new “true martyrs“.

Members of the Taizé Community have prayed silently in all the churches in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang.

Pope Francis has told the Council of Cardinals that it will take “time to put the real foundations of a real change“, Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga has said.

A round mosaic of Pope Francis will soon be placed beside other papal portraits in St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.

Peter Weber says Francis is not the only pope who is rumoured to have sneaked out of the Vatican in disguise.

Adam Shaw argues that Pope Francis is the Catholic Obama and “will prove a disaster” for the Church.

And Pope Francis has said that if he could perform one miracle it would be to heal sick children.

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