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Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/02/14

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

By on Thursday, 6 February 2014

A Polish bookshop sells copies of Blessed John Paul II's personal notes (CNS)

A Polish bookshop sells copies of Blessed John Paul II's personal notes (CNS)

Blessed John Paul II’s newly published personal notes reveal that he frequently questioned his worthiness to lead the Church (excerpts, book details, video, Jimmy Akin).

Pope Francis met the woman who inspired the film Philomena after his general audience yesterday.

John Allen, Austen Ivereigh, the New York Times, Fr Thomas Rosica, Mark Silk and Sister Mary Walsh comment on the UN’s scathing report on the Holy See and clerical abuse.

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles writes “a personal message to the young people in the Church“.

Elizabeth Scalia says Francis is bringing hope to Catholics “whose first marriages were doomed by reasons of coercion, ignorance or immaturity“.

Carol Glatz challenges you to spot the mistake in Pope Francis’s coat of arms.

And Alex Ross describes how Chopin’s heart came to rest in a Catholic church in Warsaw.

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