Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/03/14

Blessed John Paul II greets the future Benedict XVI in 2004 (CNS)

Benedict XVI has said in a new interview that although he “could not” imitate John Paul II he “did try and continue his legacy and endeavours as best as I could”.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo has said an American request to investigate human rights abuses in Sri Lanka “amounts to an inappropriate foreign intervention into an internal problem“.

Eighty-four per cent of Twitter comments about Pope Francis are positive, compared to just 30 per cent about Benedict XVI, the Pew Research Center has found (full study).

The National Catholic Reporter says Pope Francis needs to meet clerical abuse victims (Fr Thomas Doyle).

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston insists Francis “is very committed to a policy of no tolerance” of abuse.

Fr Thomas Rosica argues that the Pope didn’t address “the delicate matter of gay civil unions” in his Corriere della Sera interview (Andrew Sullivan).

And new Filipino Cardinal Orlando Quevedo says his new position is like “being crowned with thorns” (video).

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