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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 11/12/13

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

By on Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Pope Francis arrives for this morning's general audience (AP)

Pope Francis arrives for this morning's general audience (AP)

God’s judgment takes place in our lives each day,” Pope Francis said at his general audience this morning (short video, full video).

The Vatican is nearing the end of a five-year project to restore Bernini’s colonnade surrounding St Peter’s Square.

Activists from nine countries have written to Pope Francis urging him not to use the term “leprosy” negatively (PDF of letter).

John Allen, John Thavis and Rocco Palmo reflect on Time magazine’s decision to name Francis 2013 Person of the Year.

Marie Collins says the Vatican’s new commission on clerical abuse should have been created a decade ago.

Sandro Magister says the Pope is quietly shaking up the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education.

And MTV’s college channel has also named Francis Person of the Year, alongside teen singer Lorde.

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