Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/11/13

US bishops at Mass at the start of their autumn meeting (CNS)

The US bishops have said they “stand united” in their resolve to resist the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.

The American bishops have also voted to create a new post to promote post-abortion healing ministries nationwide.

Members of the ‘Ndrangheta would “seriously consider” attacking Pope Francis, an Italian anti-Mafia judge has claimed.

Deposed Slovakian Archbishop Róbert Bezák has given two book-length interviews in an effort to “clear his name”.

A Jesuit priest who helped victims of Hindu-Muslim violence has won this year’s Mother Teresa International Award for Social Justice.

Stratford Caldecott says that “Catholic schools have a big problem when it comes to teaching about sexuality and ethics“.

And Kathy Schiffer profiles the Italian Salesian who baptised the future Pope Francis.

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