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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/12/13

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

By on Friday, 20 December 2013

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal (Mazur/

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal (Mazur/

Pope Francis will visit the Holy Land, including Jordan, next May, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has confirmed (PDF of Christmas message).

The Pope is currently expected to celebrate Mass in Bethlehem, but not in Jerusalem.

Francis has sent a video message to the world’s cartoneros, or waste pickers (full video in Spanish).

A topless Femen protester with the words “Christmas is cancelled” scrawled on her chest was arrested in St Peter’s Square yesterday.

John Allen says the rise of consultants to the Holy See is a “clear step towards the ‘de-Italianisation’ of the Vatican“.

Fr James Martin SJ says the best way to improve Jesuit formation is to replace a year of philosophy training with “a year of business”.

And Dominic Preziosi wonders if we’ve reached “peak Pope” coverage.

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

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Monday, December 30.