Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/04/13

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Seán O’Malley has said he is praying for those affected by the explosions that killed at least three people and injured more than 100 at the Boston Marathon yesterday.

Benedict XVI turns 86 today, marking his first birthday as Pope Emeritus (video).

A hearing begins today in Los Angeles into whether more than a dozen religious orders should be forced to release files related to clerical abuse.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has launched a new website,

Fr James Martin SJ comments on Pope Francis’s decision to support the CDF’s plans for reform of the US Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

John Allen argues that last month’s gathering was “the most anti-establishment conclave of the last 150 years“.

And Robert Moynihan reveals that an unannounced stop by Pope Francis on Sunday inspired a young couple to return to the Church.

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