Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/02/14

A Vatican flag flies beside a German flag in a gift shop in Munich (AP)

Church teaching on marriage and sexuality “are virtually never accepted or are expressly rejected” by most Catholics, the German bishops’ survey for this year’s family synod has found (original press release).

A significant number of bishops will be appointed” in Ireland this year, Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown has said.

Papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski has celebrated a Mass for the deceased poor and homeless in Rome.

Der Spiegel asks if the Pope can meet German Catholics’ expectations at October’s synod.

American Bishop James Conley argues that Rolling Stone’s Pope Francis cover story “should be taken seriously“.

John Walsh explains why Catholics feel drawn back to the Church by Francis.

And M Francis Mannion says we should “bring back dressing up for Mass on Sundays“.

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