Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/02/14

Pope Francis (CNS) Below: Video of Pope Francis on John the Baptist (RomeReports)

The Church “does not need apologists for her causes or crusaders for her battles, but humble and trusting sowers of the truth“, Pope Francis said in a speech to the Congregation for Bishops yesterday (summary).

Unknown assailants have attacked a Catholic church in Gaza, a Palestinian human rights group has said.

The synod questionnaire has revealed a “theory-practice” gap in Dublin archdiocese, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said.

Pope Francis will canonise Blessed José de Anchieta, the “Apostle of Brazil“, in April.

Rocco Palmo and Peter Kwasniewski mark the first anniversary of the end of Benedict XVI’s pontificate.

The National Catholic Reporter says that Francis “must act faster” on clerical abuse.

And Jeff Mirus argues that it’s time for “a new inquisition“.

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