Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/04/14

Chinese faithful celebrate Easter Mass at a patriotic church in Beijing (AP)

China could be the world’s largest Christian nation by 2030, reports the Telegraph.

Cardinal Bertone is preparing to move into a Vatican apartment “10 times bigger” than the Pope’s, La Repubblica claims.

Almost half of Maltese Catholics follow Church teaching on contraception, according to a survey ahead of the family synod.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad visited the recaptured Christian village of Maaloula on Easter Sunday.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop Charles Bo, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga offer their Easter messages.

John Allen and Francis X Rocca argue that this Sunday’s joint papal canonisation is an effort to heal divisions among Catholics.

And the Economist hails Pope Francis as a “turnaround CEO”.

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


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