Today’s Catholic must-reads: 19/03/14

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience (AP)

St Joseph is “a model of an educator“, Pope Francis said at his general audience this morning (full text, full video).

The Pope marked the first anniversary of his inauguration today by planting a “virtual olive tree” for peace.

Vatican Cardinal Peter Turkson said that he was praying for peace as he arrived in war-torn South Sudan yesterday.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols argues that “we need to move beyond tinkering” with our financial system.

Jonathan Fitzgerald observes “a hastening trend of Evangelicals converting to Catholicism“.

Fr Robert Barron accuses Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane of promoting “the basest sort of anti-Catholic propaganda“.

And it seems that Noah star Russell Crowe has finally achieved his dream of receiving Pope Francis’s blessing.

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