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Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/01/14

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

By on Monday, 6 January 2014

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims during the Angelus yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims during the Angelus yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis announced at the Angelus on Sunday that he will visit the Holy Land on May 24-26 (full text, short video, full video, David Gibson analysis).

The Vatican has denied that Pope Francis supports the legal recognition of same-sex unions (Jimmy Akin analysis).

Francis will donate $5m (£3m, €3.7m) to pay off debts left by World Youth Day 2013, the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro has said.

Benedict XVI visited his brother Mgr Georg Ratzinger at the Gemelli hospital in Rome on Friday.

Rocco Palmo looks forward to the announcement of the names of Francis’s first new cardinals.

Mgr Charles Pope considers reports that Francis has ruled that priests under 65 cannot be made monsignors.

And data journalist Chris Walker visualises Pope Francis and Benedict XVI’s first 100 speeches.

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