Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/09/13

Pope Francis meets a child in St Peter's Square (AP)

Catholics should show true “brotherhood and solidarity” with those who suffer from domestic violence, Pope Francis has said in a message marking the 47th Social Week for Italian Catholics.

Pope Francis asked Thailand’s Buddhist prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to pray for him when they met yesterday.

The Pope has temporarily halted the process of granting priests the title monsignor, reports Robert Mickens.

Eight out of 10 American Catholics have a favourable view of Pope Francis, the Pew Research Center has found (comment by Matthew Schmitz).

The National Catholic Reporter has launched a new blog, The Francis Chronicles, covering the Pope’s daily activities.

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald explains why John Paul II and Pope Francis have referred to Muslims as “our brothers“.

Andrew Brown, David Gibson, David Mason and Tim Stanley ponder the Pope’s letter to atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari.

And the Slovakian ambassador’s mother stole the limelight when he presented his credentials to the Pope yesterday (video).

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