Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/04/13

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt (CNS)

Draconian population control policies” have left countries unable to sustain themselves, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt has told the UN Commission on Population and Development.

Pope Francis will confirm 44 children from around the world at a Mass on Saturday (video).

The Pope greeted Estela de Carlotto, the president of Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and one of his fiercest critics, after his general audience yesterday (video).

This weekend Evangelicals will present Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York with an award for defending religious freedom.

David Gibson describes the news that Pope Francis has “unblocked” the Cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero as “a stunner“.

Sandro Magister says that a Dutch cardinal anticipated the need for sweeping reform of the Roman Curia in 1931.

And Taylor Marshall notes that one of the greatest theological influences on Pope Francis was his grandmother, Rosa Margherita Vasallo.

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