Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/08/13

Pope Francis (CNS)

Christ and the Church “are two flames that cannot be separated“, Pope Francis said in his homily at the Gesù on the feast of St Ignatius yesterday (full text, video and analysis by Fr James Schall SJ).

The Holy Father also expressed concern at the Mass over the fate of Italian Jesuit Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio, who is missing in Syria.

The Pope is considering whether to canonise Pius XII without first beatifying him, the Catholic News Agency reports.

Papal biographer Paul Vallely describes Francis’s meeting with a leading Argentine gay rights campaigner in 2010.

Peter McDonough suggests the Pope’s emphasis on women in the Church is a reaction to “the appeal that evangelical ‘sects’ have for women” in Latin America.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York asks whether the Pope “is frustrated by all this attention to his interview“.

And sociologist Peter Berger argues that Francis is taking a “distinctively postmodernist” view of virtual reality.

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