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Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/03/13

A daily guide to what’s happening int he Catholic Church

All eyes are focussed on the chimney  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The Church needs more than an ‘obvious’ candidate – we need an exceptional one

Cardinal O'Brien (Photo: PA)

Cardinal resigns just a few weeks before he was due to step down because of age

The Domus Sanctae Marthae will house the cardinals during the conclave (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 20/02/13

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

Cardinal Peter Turkson (PA)

The dancing in the streets would last for months

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor receives his biretta from Blessed Pope John Paul II in 2001 (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor tells Luke Coppen about his hopes for unity and the joy of choosing a pope

Archbishop Dolan of New York, pictured addressing the media, is to be given a red hat (Photo: CNS)

Instead, let’s give thanks for Pope Benedict XVI’s wise leadership and continued good health

Cardinal Sodano has blocked investigations of child abuse by senior Church figures (Photo: CNS)

His sinister record would give the press a field day if he was left in charge of the conclave