Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/04/14

Archbishop Padrón and then Archbishop Pietro Parolin meet President Nicolás Maduro in 2013 (AP)

Venezuela’s bishops have accused president Nicolás Maduro of creating a “totalitarian-style” government.

Belfast City Council has voted to invite Pope Francis to Northern Ireland.

Zambian president Michael Sata has reportedly threatened to “sort out” a Catholic bishop who allowed activists seeking a new constitution to meet on Church property.

Catholics and Muslims are fasting and praying together for two Pakistani Christians accused of blasphemy.

Francis may be “far more radical than John XXIII”, Irish Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery has said.

Isabella Moyer wonders what Pope Francis “really thinks” about the double papal canonisation this month.

And Ignatius Press founder Fr Joseph Fessio SJ explains why he has launched an “anti-blog”.

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


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