Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/03/14

Francis walks past musicians as he arrives for the audience with steelworkers

Europe’s economy “is no longer able to create jobs because it places in its centre an idol which is called money“, Pope Francis told Italian steel workers yesterday (video).

Archbishop Oscar Romero is likely to be beatified within three years, Auxiliary Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez of San Salvador has said.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan is expected to meet Pope Francis tomorrow.

Noah director Darren Aronofsky explains why he’s “really excited about Pope Francis“.

Michelle Boorstein predicts what will happen when Barack Obama meets the Pontiff on March 27.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf urges bishops to “reach out to bloggers, especially your clerical bloggers“.

And Fr Michael Paul Gallagher SJ explains why he regards the writer Flannery O’Connor as a comedian.

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