Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/03/14

Francis and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner exchange gifts at the Vatican (CNS)

Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner criticised leaders who “go to take their photo [with Francis], but then do not listen to him” after her audience with the Pope yesterday.

Francis will preside over a prayer vigil for mafia victims on Friday.

Benedict XVI wrote a four-page critique of Pope Francis’s interview with Fr Antonio Spadaro, Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said (German report).

Some 29 per cent of Italians say they go to Mass more often since Francis’s election, a Famiglia Cristiana survey has found (results, see ’15 di 24′).

Several Australian bishops have said they are in favour of restoring meatless Fridays.

Joseph Shaw asks if good Catholics are free to criticise the Pope.

And Paramount has denied reports that Francis “cancelled a photo opportunity” with Russell Crowe, star of its new film Noah.