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Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/01/14

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

By on Friday, 3 January 2014

Jesuit superior general Fr Adolfo Nicolás greets Pope Francis this morning (AP)

Jesuit superior general Fr Adolfo Nicolás greets Pope Francis this morning (AP)

An authentic faith always implies a deep desire to change the world,” Pope Francis said as he celebrated Mass at the Church of the Gesù in Rome this morning (full text, video).

Fr Robert Nugent, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, died on New Year’s Day, aged 76.

An American gay atheist millionaire who committed suicide last month gave almost $30 million (£18m, €22m) to the Catholic Church, the New York Times reports.

Fr Samir Khalil Samir takes issue with the Pope’s comments about Islam in Evangelii Gaudium.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the US bishops’ conference, says Pope Francis knows he has his critics.

Fr Jan Michael Joncas discusses the death that inspired the popular liturgical songOn Eagle’s Wings“.

And a message left by Pope Francis on the answering machine of a Spanish Carmelite community has appeared on the internet (listen).

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