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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 29/01/14

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

By on Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Francis arrives for the general audience this morning (AP)

Francis arrives for the general audience this morning (AP)

Pope Francis urged parents to ensure that their children are confirmed at his general audience this morning (full text, short video, full video).

Following the audience Francis expressed his solidarity with “the victims of usury” (John Allen).

Islamists murdered dozens of worshippers at a Mass in north-eastern Nigeria last Sunday, a local bishop has said (video).

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has described Rolling Stone’s cover story on Pope Francis as “superficial journalism“.

Fr Dwight Longenecker ponders the graffiti image of Pope Francis as a superhero during a trip to Rome.

Marie Meaney argues that Germany’s “bishop of bling” doesn’t deserve his nickname.

And Huffington Post tests whether you really know the difference between Pope Francis and Barack Obama.

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