Today’s Catholic must-reads: 03/04/13

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

Pope Francis highlighted the “special role” of women in the Church at his general audience this morning (full text, video).

The Pope made a private visit to John Paul II’s tomb yesterday evening, marking the eighth anniversary of the Blessed’s death.

Mourners have attended the funeral of an Indian seminary rector bludgeoned to death by unknown assailants.

Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the story of the Boston Globe’s exposé of the clerical abuse scandal.

John Allen reports that there were record attendances at Holy Week services in Argentina following the papal election.

George Weigel says he hopes the new Pope will get “the proliferation of pontifical councils under control“.

Sandro Magister finds some surprises “small and large” in the Pope’s 2010 autobiography El Jesuita.

And a new Catholic News Service video crams the past “seven historic weeks” into a five-minute video.

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