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Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/01/14

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

By on Monday, 13 January 2014

Pope Francis holds a baby's hand in the Sistine Chapel yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis holds a baby's hand in the Sistine Chapel yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis baptised 32 children, including the daughter of a couple only married civilly, in the Sistine Chapel yesterday (full text, full video).

The Pope urged priests not to be “worshippers of the god Narcissus” at his daily Mass on Saturday (video).

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences will host a workshop promoting peace in Syria today (video).

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has received papers requesting the beatification of Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci.

John Allen, Fr Federico Lombardi, Rocco Palmo, Fr Anthony Ruff, John Thavis, Damian Thompson and Gianni Valente comment on the 19 new cardinals named yesterday.

Adam DeVille says the Moscow Patriarchate’s recent statement on primacy is “born of desperate, and desperately sad, insecurity“.

And a day of prayer for Benedict XVI will be held on February 28, the first anniversary of the end of his pontificate.

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