Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/04/13

Pope Francis receives the gift of a book from Dr Schneider yesterday (CNS)

Pope Francis discussed plans to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 during a “very friendly” meeting with German Evangelical leader Dr Nikolaus Schneider yesterday (video).

If you do not lower yourself, you are not a Christian,” the Pope said as he celebrated the feast of the Annunciation yesterday.

A diplomatic cable from 1973 released by WikiLeaks suggests the Holy See regarded reports that Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet murdered his opponents as “Communist propaganda“.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran says that announcing Pope Francis’s election to the world was “like a plane takeoff“.

Rocco Palmo notes that Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, is “the lone department head to already have had three audiences with Francis“.

Sarah Stillman explains why the Zetas drug cartel wants Franciscan Friar Tomás González Castillo dead.

And the funeral of the celebrated film critic Roger Ebert took place at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago yesterday.

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