Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/03/14

Pope Francis waves during the Angelus address (AP)

“Each encounter with Jesus changes our life forever,” Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

In the 1990s the Vatican gave “the benefit of the doubt” to priests accused of abuse, Cardinal George Pell has told Australia’s child sex abuse royal commission.

Pope Francis and Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan had an “extensive discussion” about the country’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act when they met on Saturday.

John Allen, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, John Thavis and Kristine Ward comment on the eight new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

John Thavis says curial agencies are launching “few new projects” because Francis is “essentially ignoring them”.

Jason Horowitz argues that Barack Obama “has far more to gain” from Thursday’s meeting with Francis “than the Pope does”.

And Nick Vivarelli suggests that “Italy’s singing nun”, Sister Cristina Scuccia, “could be headed for international stardom” (video).

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.


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