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Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/06/14

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

By on Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Pope Francis speaks at the Rome diocesan convention yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis speaks at the Rome diocesan convention yesterday (AP)

The Church must be a mother, rather than a “well-organised NGO with a bunch of pastoral plans”, Pope Francis said as he opened a Rome diocesan convention yesterday (full video).

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has rejected an appeal by politicians, including Nancy Pelosi, to boycott the March for Marriage in Washington DC on Thursday (full text).

The Pope will not celebrate public morning Masses at the Domus Sanctae Marthae from early July until the end of August, the Vatican has announced.

Cardinal Lubomyr Husar says that the upheaval in Ukraine has made dialogue between the Orthodox and Catholics “much easier“.

Ingrid Rowland says that Benedict XVI’s resignation led to “the fall” of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Ryan Hoselton argues that St Augustine is a better guide to happiness than Pharrell Williams.

And Chile’s new ambassador to the Holy See has presented Francis with a pizza plate (video).

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

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