Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/05/13

A Syriac Orthodox leader greets Cardinal Dolan during a Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York for the safety of kidnapped Orthodox bishops (CNS)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has appealed for prayers for the two Syrian bishops who still remain unaccounted for after they were kidnapped on April 22.

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence has said he is “profoundly disappointed” that Rhode Island has become the 10th American state to approve same-sex marriage (full text of pastoral letter).

Yesterday Pope Francis received the first Russian ambassador to the Holy See since the two states established full diplomatic relations in 2009 (video).

Restorers have uncovered what may be the earliest depiction of Native Americans in a Renaissance painting at the Vatican.

Patrick Jordan describes his experience of editing the Catholic Worker newspaper alongside Dorothy Day.

Jesuit priest and Byzantine liturgical theologian Fr Robert Taft says Pope Francis could be a “bridge-builder between East and West“.

And John Thavis notes that the Pope Emeritus will be able to enjoy his retirement at the Vatican in the company of cats.

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The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Monday, May 20.