Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/12/13

Pope Francis is pictured at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

The Church is not “a refuge for sad people” but “a house of joy”, Pope Francis said at the Angelus yesterday (full video).

Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako has said Iraqi Christians wonder if they must all be killed before western Christians help them.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said Britain’s immigration policies are undermining marriages.

Jimmy Akin, John Allen, John Thavis and Fr John Zuhlsdorf comment on Francis’s new interview with La Stampa (full text).

Pray Tell blog says Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke said “some surprising things about Pope Francis” in his recent EWTN interview (video, transcript PDF).

Samuel Freedman joins Franciscans offering coffee, conversation and Confession at a shopping mall in Cincinnati.

And the producer of a Pope Francis biopic says he hopes Antonio Banderas will play the lead role.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Thursday, December 19, because of Christmas deadlines