Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/03/14

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (Mazur/

When the cardinals elected Francis “they did not know what a Pandora’s box they were opening“, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has said.

The ministry of slum priests in Buenos Aires is “not ideological” but apostolic, Pope Francis has said in an interview with an Argentine community radio station.

John Boehner, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has invited Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress.

The Pope’s visit to the Holy Land in May “will usher in a new era in Jewish-Christian dialogue“, Rabbi Abraham Skorka has said.

John Allen has hailed Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as the “Asian Francis” during a visit to the Philippines.

Raymond Arroyo, John Garvey, Cristina Odone, Rocco Palmo, Edward Pentin, Paul Raushenbush, Fr Thomas Rosica, Andrew Sullivan, John Paul Shimek and Giovanni Maria Vian mark Pope Francis’s first year.

And Rosario Carello profiles the “great women” who made Pope Francis who he is today.

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