Today’s Catholic must-reads: 17/04/13

Pope Francis kisses a child at this morning's general audience (AP)

Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Ascension at his general audience this morning (full text, full video).

The Pope urged the faithful not to be content with being “identity card” Catholics at a Mass attended by Vatican Bank workers this morning.

Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille was elected president of the French bishops’ conference yesterday, succeeding Cardinal André Vingt-Trois.

The Bishops of England and Wales met Pope Francis after his general audience this morning (photo gallery).

George Weigel argues that the current College of Cardinals needs sweeping reform.

New Yorker Roger Dubin explains how Benedict XVI inspired him to convert from Judaism to Catholicism.

And Argentine international Lionel Messi has sent a football top to Pope Francis (video).

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