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Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/01/14

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

By on Thursday, 9 January 2014

Cardinal De Paolis celebrates Mass at the Legion of Christ headquarters (AP)

Cardinal De Paolis celebrates Mass at the Legion of Christ headquarters (AP)

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis urged members of the Legion of Christ to elect new leaders who are “most worthy and suitable for the ministry of authority” at a Mass in Rome yesterday.

French president François Hollande will meet Pope Francis on January 24, according to reports.

Hundreds of thousands of faithful have taken part in the annual procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila.

American peace activist John Dear explains why he “could no longer stay” in the Society of Jesus.

Christopher White hopes Pope Francis’s first new cardinals will practise “rebel leadership“.

Fr Ray Blake says he is seeing little evidence of the “Francis effect” in his parish.

And Francis invited an Argentine priest to join him in the Popemobile yesterday.

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

You may like to read an article on Pope Francis I’ve written for this week’s Spectator.