Today’s Catholic must-reads: 18/09/13

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

The Church is a mother who “does not judge, but rather offers God’s forgiveness“, Pope Francis said at his general audience today (short video, full video).

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German bishops’ conference since 2008.

A Congolese Sister who has helped thousands of female victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army will be awarded a major UN prize later this month (video).

Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated a Mass for consolation and healing yesterday following the Washington Navy Yard shooting.

George Weigel says that World Youth Day 2016 will be taking place in the city “where the 20th-century happened“.

Aaron Taylor argues that “the Church and the world need gay saints” (Terry Nelson and Mark Shea respond).

And Jeffrey Miller is puzzled by a new scientific study claiming that holy water is bad for you.

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