Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/06/13

Pope Francis leads the global prayer in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope Francis led millions of Catholics around the world in an hour of Eucharistic adoration on Sunday (video).

The Pope condemned what he called a “plague of kidnappings” in Syria in his Angelus address (full text, video).

War is “an act of faith … in idols of hatred, in the idol that leads to killing one’s brother“, the Holy Father said at Mass yesterday.

On Friday the Pope greeted 22 children suffering from cancer at his residence (video).

Fr Ray Blake wonders if the Holy See’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale is worth €750,000 ($974,000, £641,000).

Blogger Matthew Warner signs off at the National Catholic Register.

And American atheist Bill Maher has claimed that Pope Francis “may not be” a Catholic.