Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/04/14

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta (AP)

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has apologised for spending $2.2 million (£1.3 million, €1.5 million) on a new residence (full text).

Priests in the Italian diocese of Bergamo will give a month’s salary to charity in honour of John XXIII’s canonisation.

The Pope has urged Salesians to send “the best” to work against “the marginalisation of young people” (full text, short video).

Boston archdiocese will receive the largest group of new Catholics “in recent memory” into the Church this Easter, Cardinal Seán O’Malley has said.

Fr Ray Blake argues that Francis and the synod of bishops have a chance to “structure” the global debate on the family “rather merely reacting to it”.

Fr Michael Kelly SJ suggests it’s hard to know “where the buck stops in the Catholic Church these days“.

And Vatican officials have reportedly taken the drastic measure of employing a hawk to defend the Pope’s peace doves.

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


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