Today’s Catholic must-reads: 26/03/14

Francis greets the faithful at the end of the general audience (AP)

A bishop who isn’t at the service of the community does no good,” Pope Francis said at today’s general audience (full text, full video).

The Church in the Philippines has promised that it will show “full transparency” in its handling of aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Former Vatican promoter of justice Bishop Charles Scicluna has praised the appointment of abuse survivor Marie Collins to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Fr Thomas Doyle worries that the commission “will be asked to reinvent the wheel“.

Sister Mary Ann Walsh says “Francis will have the opportunity to touch the heart of President Obama” tomorrow.

Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere argues that the Italian Church is losing its “centuries-old grip” on the Vatican.

And Wolf Blitzer and Sean Kennedy recall “five surprising moments” between popes and US presidents.

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