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Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/02/14

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

By on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Medallions of Francis and Benedict XVI at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls

Medallions of Francis and Benedict XVI at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls

Benedict XVI has told Hans Küng that his “one and final task” is to sustain Francis’s pontificate in prayer, according to La Repubblica (original Italian report).

The world may be on the verge of a “new Cold War”, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, has said.

French rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel has praised Pope Francis’s “condemnation of the excesses of international finance“.

John Allen, Andrea Gagliarducci, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Fr Federico Lombardi, Rocco Palmo, Fr Thomas Rosica, David Willey and Nicole Winfield mark the first anniversary of Benedict XVI’s resignation (video).

Anne Hendershott, Claudia Rosett and Pravin Thevathasan critique the UN’s report on the Holy See and clerical abuse.

Vatican Cardinal Peter Turkson discusses the UN report on the BBC’s HARDtalk programme (video from 14:00).

And the new Pope Francis Comics app is bringing the Pontiff’s “most beautiful words” to a new, smartphone-using generation.

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

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Thursday, February 13.