Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/04/13

Benedict XVI makes his last public appearance as pope on February 28 (CNS)

The Pope Emeritus is likely to return to the Vatican in the next few days, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said yesterday.

Fr Lombardi also said that Pope Francis may issue an encyclical on faith this year based on preparatory work by Benedict XVI.

An extensive security operation will aim to keep the Pope and millions of pilgrims safe during World Youth Day in July, Brazilian authorities have said.

Australia’s Jesuit province has reported a “healthy surge” in vocational inquiries following Pope Francis’s election.

A court has upheld Caritas Germany’s decision to dismiss an employee who formally left the Church during Benedict XVI’s pontificate.

The National Catholic Reporter argues that bishops worldwide should be held accountable for clerical abuse failings.

Fr James Martin SJ asks if Pope Francis has made it acceptable for priests to hug children again.

And Zenit catches up with a priest who taught the future Pope Francis Greek and literature in the 1950s.

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