Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/01/13

Benedict XVI greets Ulla Gudmundson, Swedish ambassador to the Holy See, during the Pope's annual meeting with the diplomatic corps (CNS)

Benedict XVI urged world leaders to address the growing gap “between those few who grow ever richer and the many who grow hopelessly poorer” in his annual address to diplomats yesterday (full text, video).

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has described SSPX leader Bishop Bernard Fellay’s comment that Jews are “enemies of the Church” as “meaningless” and “unacceptable”.

A judge ruled yesterday that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles must make public the names of those identified in internal documents concerning sexual abuse.

Church of England leaders have joined Prince Charles in expressing concern about the British Government’s plans to lift the ban on the monarch becoming or marrying a Catholic.

Mark Gray investigates whether YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are keeping America’s millennial Catholics away from Mass.

Franciscan friar Fr Daniel Horan responds to Joan Acocella’s New Yorker article on St Francis of Assisi.

And the Associated Press reports that John Brennan, the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, once considered becoming a Catholic priest.

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