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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 05/03/14

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

By on Wednesday, 5 March 2014

A person holds a mock Oscar as Francis arrives for his general audience (AP)

A person holds a mock Oscar as Francis arrives for his general audience (AP)

Pope Francis urged Catholics to renounce “the lazy addiction of evil” during Lent at his general audience this morning (short video, full video).

Vatican Cardinal Peter Turkson will visit war-torn South Sudan on behalf of the Pope later this month.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the US bishops’ conference, has asked the faithful to pray for Ukraine on Ash Wednesday.

Peter Berger says “we are living through a Left moment” and Pope Francis can seize it.

Maryling Yu explains why Francis would make an excellent CEO.

Marcel LeJeune offers a comprehensive guide to Lent.

And Edward Mendelson recalls how the poet WH Auden secretly saved Dorothy Day’s homeless shelter.

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