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Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/03/14

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

By on Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The word 'Allah' in a headline in a Malaysian Catholic newspaper (CNS)

The word 'Allah' in a headline in a Malaysian Catholic newspaper (CNS)

The Church in Malaysia will appeal to the country’s highest court tomorrow to overturn a ban on a Catholic newspaper using the word “Allah”.

Pope Francis urged Spain’s bishops to be in a state of “permanent mission” when he met them yesterday (video).

Filipinos should reflect on their country’s “appalling poverty rate” during Lent, the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has said (full text).

Fr Seán Finnegan and Fr John Zuhlsdorf comment on an American bishop’s decision to forbid priests to celebrate the Extraordinary Form at a Catholic college.

George Weigel says the western media is ignoring “the religious dimension of the entire Maidan movement” in Ukraine.

Robert Christian argues that the Church is failing to educate Catholics about “the pernicious impact of alcohol“.

And Castel Gandolfo’s gardens are now open to the public (booking information).

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