Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/09/13

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis condemned “the illegal trade in arms” and called for “an immediate end” to violence in Syria in his Angelus address yesterday (full text, full video).

The Pope has confirmed that he will visit Sri Lanka, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Colombo has said.

Parishioners are calling for a “whistleblower” priest to be reinstated after he was removed from his post in the Scottish Diocese of Galloway.

Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu, president of the Ghanaian bishops’ conference, has criticised the growing recourse to sperm banks in the country.

The Boston Globe describes how a former police officer turned priest comforted victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Rome Reports profiles the Catholic rapper Fresh Sánchez (video).

And Australia’s new prime minister Tony Abbott is a former seminarian nicknamed the “Mad Monk”.

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