Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/01/14

John Kerry is the first Catholic US Secretary of State since Edmund Muskie (AP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss “the Middle East peace process, poverty and humanitarian issues” with Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin in Rome today.

Cardinal-designate Gérald Cyprien Lacroix has said Quebec’s proposed “values charter” is making people “more afraid of each other“.

Pope Francis will meet an Argentine Falklands War veteran privately on Wednesday, reports the Mail Online.

Jason Horowitz and Jim Yardley argue that internal resistance to Pope Francis’s curial reforms “is not gaining traction“.

Andrew Brown, Andrea Gagliarducci and David Gibson comment on the 19 men who will become cardinals on February 22.

David Anders explains how John Calvin made him a Catholic.

And Simon Caldwell describes how Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols accepted his priestly vocation while watching Liverpool play football.

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