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Archbishop John Myers, right, shares a laugh with Cardinal Dolan (AP)

Everything depends on the character, fidelity and communication skills of the local bishop

Francis greets a child during yesterday's Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/02/14

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

Cardinal-designate Nichols and Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor arrive for meeting of cardinals in synod hall at Vatican

I am delighted that Vincent Nichols will receive the red hat tomorrow

Iain Duncan Smith heads the think tank the Centre for Social Justice (PA)

This is not a good start to his cardinalatial ministry; he admits that he might benefit from a ministerial briefing on the complexities of government policy. He should ask for one

Archbishop Nichols and Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor at Archbishop's House, Westminster (PA)

The new cardinal could take a number of practical steps to show compassion for those using food banks

Pope Francis (CNS)

Standing up for Catholic beliefs in the public arena is a tough but vital task

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (PA)

Mother Teresa persuaded Clinton to open a home for orphaned children, and we should follow the feisty nun’s example

A Saudi Arabian woman at a gift shop in Riyadh (AP)

Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on St Valentine’s Day might be ridiculous but it is also understandable

Archbishop of Kaigama of Jos (CNS)

Archbishop Kaigama is prepared to defend the unfashionable

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, right, shares a joke with Sir Charles Darwin, grandson of  scientist Charles Darwin in 1958 (PA)

Many of the Darwin connections are people of the utmost note