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Francis in his rain-covered popemobile at this morning's audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 22/01/14

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

Nelson Mandela (AP)

For whatever reason, unlike Alison Davis, he never got to appreciate the sacredness of life

South African President Jacob Zuma reads his speech during the memorial service for former Nelson Mandela (PA)

Will the public barracking of the South African president mark the beginning of the end for the politics of wishful thinking in Africa?

Nelson Mandela (PA)

Comparing Mandela to Jesus is absurd

Even the very greatest saints in the Christian calendar, like Francis of Assisi, are only “Christ-like” insofar as they have come to reflect their divine Master

Nelson Mandela, who died at the age 95 earlier today (Photo: PA)

The South African hero shows that even the secular world needs its saints

Nelson Mandela greets John Paul II  in Johannesburg in 1995 (AP)

Catholics supported former South African president’s struggle against apartheid