Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/11/13

Francis waves as he leaves the Camaldolese monastery last night (AP)

Pope Francis urged nuns to be women of hope like Mary during a visit to a monastery in Rome yesterday (video).

Francis also visited the cell of the American mystic Nazarena of Jesus, who died in 1990.

The Pope offered words of comfort to the Philippines when he blessed an image of Filipino St Pedro Calungsod at St Peter’s Basilica yesterday (video).

Rocco Palmo marks the death of America’s first Catholic president 50 years ago today.

Jill Reilly hails Greg Burke as “the PR genius who helped make the Pope popular“.

Rapping priest Fr Pontifex explains why his music is “not a gimmick“.

And Melissa Keating notes that St Thomas More’s final words consisted of a beard joke.

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