Today’s Catholic must-reads: 05/02/14

Pope Francis arrives in St Peter's Square for the general audience (AP)

It is important that children be well prepared for First Communion and that every child make it,” Pope Francis said at the general audience this morning (full text, short video, full video).

Pope Francis has written to King Hamad of Bahrain calling for deeper ties between the country and the Holy See.

A Catholic school in Montana has sacked an unmarried teacher after she became pregnant.

Bill Howard describes how St Thérèse of Lisieux’s Little Way became a trending social media topic this week.

Catholic composer James MacMillan explains why he is using a children’s choir to depict Christ in his new St Luke Passion.

Anglican Archbishop David Moxon explores the theology of Tolkien in L’Osservatore Romano (full text: see p12 of PDF).

And Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere marvels at the success of the Pope’s Latin Twitter account.

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