Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/07/13

Pope Francis greets the faithful after the Angelus yesterday (AP)

Benedict XVI showed what it really means to follow one’s conscience when he decided to resign, Pope Francis said during the Angelus yesterday (full text, full video).

Church leaders become stumbling blocks when they let “the logic of human power prevail”, the Pope said at a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica with metropolitan archbishops on Saturday (full text, full video).

Kenya’s Catholic bishops have strongly criticised government plans to tax basic commodities such as bread and milk.

BBC Vatican correspondent David Willey argues that Pope Francis faces a huge challenge in reforming the Curia.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila says the Pope told him during a private audience: “I should be spending the nights sleepless, but there is peace.

Carly Andrews profiles Odoardo Focherini, the Italian journalist declared a Righteous Among the Nations and beatified last month (video).

And Fr Matt Malone SJ explains why America magazine will no longer identify Catholics as “liberals” or “conservatives”.

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