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François Hollande meets representatives of France’s Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists at the Élysée Palace last year             (AP)

How will Francis handle Hollande?

When the Pope receives the French president at the Vatican today the conversation may be a little awkward

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa (CNS)

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has said that the Church is entering a new era

Pope Francis (PA)

The Irish Catholics who protested against the closure are also worthy of praise

Barack Obama at the White House (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

US president will visit the Vatican on March 27 as part of a European tour

Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga pictured in Rome last March (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/01/14

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

Rabbi Skorka (Photo: PA)

The rabbi told reporters that Francis would be able to resist the pressure of different factions

Pope Francis: 'Our witness must concentrate on the centre of our faith.'

Pope Francis calls for focus on essentials of Christianity during audience with Lutherans

Archbishop Bassetti says he couldn't believe that the Pope named him a cardinal  (CNS)

Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti was told by a parishioner that he was to be made a cardinal

Pope Francis (CNS)

Engaged couples can attend a special audience with Pope Francis on February 14

Pope Francis announced the extraordinary synod in October last year  (CNS)

New members include Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin