Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/09/13

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis will hold “a rare joint meeting” of the heads of Vatican departments today, reports John Allen.

The Pope will also visit a refugee centre in Rome and meet “a large group of refugees and volunteers” at the Church of the Gesù.

Two priests are reportedly being held hostage by the Moro National Liberation Front in Zamboanga City in the Philippines.

A petition urging Pope Francis to declare John Paul II the patron saint of sport has been launched in Britain.

Andrea Gagliarducci argues that, contrary to critics’ claims, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone sought radical reform of the Roman Curia.

Protestant historian Mark Noll explains why he was amazed by the conclusions of George Weigel’s book Evangelical Catholicism.

And Catholics have returned to Confession in the English Diocese of Lancaster after a priest advertised in local pubs, supermarkets and a leisure centre.

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