Today’s Catholic must-reads: 15/01/14

The UN panel will focus on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (AP)

A UN panel will “grill” representatives of the Holy See about the Church’s record on child abuse in Geneva tomorrow.

Bishop Charles Scicluna has urged Maltese politicians to hold a “free and secret” vote on a controversial civil union bill.

Mayor Bill De Blasio has said it is his “fervent hope” that Pope Francis will visit New York City.

Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul has expressed his “full support” for the evangelisation of China and North Korea.

Nicholas Cafardi argues that lay people should have “a significant say in the choice of our bishops“.

Damon Linker asks if liberal Catholics really care about Church doctrine.

And Fr Tim Finigan welcomes Francis’s decision to revive a neglected papal tradition.

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