Today’s Catholic must-reads: 04/09/13

Pope Francis arrives at this morning's general audience (AP)

Pope Francis renewed his appeal to Catholics to fast and pray this Saturday for peace in Syria at his general audience today (short video, full video).

Jesuit Superior General Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ has said that western military intervention in Syria would be “an abuse of power“.

Pope Francis has said privately that he will canonise John Paul II and John XXIII on April 27, reports Edward Pentin.

The new Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin helped to free 15 British Navy personnel seized by Iran in 2007.

A Catholic church in Texas has been invaded by 40,000 bees.

Fr Ray Blake says you might face “canonical sanctions” if you phone a friend pretending you are Pope Francis.

And Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York tells comedian Stephen Colbert what name he would choose if were elected Pope (video).

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