Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/10/13

Pope Francis greets Mahmoud Abbas (CNS)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas told Francis yesterday that he hoped to sign a peace agreement with a pen the Pope had given him (video).

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to meet Pope Francis next Wednesday.

Peruvian Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani has urged Vatican doctrinal watchdog Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller to “stop being naive and be more prudent” about Liberation Theology.

Brazilian lawmakers are considering a text that would prevent “priests being penalised if they refuse to carry out marriages, baptisms and other ceremonies between homosexuals or their children“.

Antonio Paolucci, head of the Vatican Museums, has said “dangerous” pollution levels in the Sistine Chapel may force him to limit visitor numbers.

Jeffrey Tucker explains how he learned to love ICEL, the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.

And “America’s most famous Catholic” Stephen Colbert accused Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the sin of envy at the Al Smith charity dinner last night (full audio).

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