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Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/03/14

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

By on Monday, 17 March 2014

Francis celebrates Mass at Santa Maria dell' Orazione parish in Rome (AP)

Francis celebrates Mass at Santa Maria dell' Orazione parish in Rome (AP)

To listen to Jesus, we must follow Him,” Francis said as he celebrated Mass in the Rome parish of Santa Maria dell’ Orazione yesterday (full text, full video).

In his Angelus address the Pope urged the faithful to invest in “a pocket-sized Gospel that you can carry with you” and read throughout the day (full video).

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the new president of the German bishops’ conference, has backed Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposals on Communion for the divorced and remarried (German transcript).

The Irish bishops have urged Catholics to mark St Patrick’s Day by praying “for migrants at home and abroad“.

Fr Timothy Finigan argues that bishops’ attempts to “censor the blogosphere” are misguided (Fr John Hunwicke).

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle reveals he accidentally left his phone on during Mass and received a call from Pope Francis.

And Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, has said he “participates in” a Catholic parish with his wife and children (h/t Rocco Palmo).

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