Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/03/14

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul (CNS)

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul has said he hopes Francis’s visit in August “will bring reconciliation and peace to the Korean Peninsula“.

Orthodox patriarchs have agreed to hold their first ecumenical council for 1,200 years in 2016.

Benedict XVI has sent a message to a symposium in Tanzania on his trilogy Jesus of Nazareth.

One of the 13 nuns released by Syrian Islamists on Sunday has said their kidnappers were “very sweet with us“.

Sandro Magister says a new book “explains why Pope Francis is carefully avoiding a head-on collision with the dominant culture“.

Kirsten Powers argues that Francis is helping to make the Church “a place of incredible healing” for divorced Catholics.

And Fr Peter Malone says the Oscar-wining film The Great Beauty offers a powerful critique of “worldly Catholicism”.

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