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Pope Pius XII pictured during a radio broadcast from the Vatican in 1947 (AP Photo/Luigi Felici)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/03/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Church

WhatsApp has been criticised by Cardinal Cipriani (CNS)

Cardinal Cipriani Thorne claimed the popular messaging app is having a negative impact on the lives of couples and families.

Cardinal George Pell, the head of he Secretariat for the Economy (CNS)

Separate statutes for the Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy and a ‘general auditor’s office’ announced

Assyrians in Lebanon wave their community's flag during a march in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq by ISIS (PA)

Aid is being sent to families who fled their homes when ISIS raided Assyrian villages on the Khabur River in north-east Syria

People gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Kano, Nigeria, last year (PA)

Bishops speak out ahead ahead of re-scheduled general elections

Pope Francis (CNS)

Recognising one’s own faults gives people ‘peace and well-being’, Pontiff explains in homily

Pope Francis passes through St Peter's Square (CNS)

Domenico Giani, inspector general of the Vatican’s police force, says while threat is real, he knows of no planned attack on the pontiff

Canon Philip Gillespie, the new rector of the Beda College (Flickr/Mazur)

New Beda College rector announced

The Congregation for the Clergy has appointed Canon Philip Gillespie as Rector of the Pontifical Beda College in Rome

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope tells persecuted Christians that they have not been forgotten

Assyrians in Lebanon wave their community's flag as they protest in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq by ISIS (PA)

ISIS kidnapped an estimated 220 Christians in north-eastern Syria last month