Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/02/14

Francis greets a child during yesterday's Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Francis urged new cardinals to avoid “intrigue, gossip, cliques, favouritism and preferences” in his homily at Mass in St Peter’s Basilica yesterday (full text).

The Pope created the 19 new cardinals in the presence of Benedict XVI at a consistory in St Peter’s on Saturday (full text, full video, short video).

A coalition of 52 groups, including the Irish Association of Catholic Priests, have written to Francis calling for women to lead the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and other Vatican offices (full text).

Andrea Gagliarducci argues that Francis’s curial revolution is “increasingly becoming a series of ‘cosmetic’ changes“.

John Allen says “the ghost of Humanae Vitae” is looming over cardinals’ discussions about Communion for the re-married.

Fr Dwight Longenecker explains where Francis’s friend Tony Palmer fits in the world of Anglicanism (original video).

And the world’s oldest nun has celebrated her 107th birthday with the help of Pope Francis.

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