Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/04/14

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

The Church in Iraq is “facing a disaster” because of a “terrifying” exodus of Christians from the country, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako has said.

Pope Francis has persuaded the 83-year-old leader of Italy’s anti-clerical Radical Party to end a hunger strike.

The Pope gave the Ukrainian prime minister a pen on Saturday, saying he hoped he would sign a peace deal with it (video).

Joanna Bogle says “the most impressive scenes” in Rome this weekend occurred outside St Peter’s Square.

Ross Douthat wonders if the Pope is leaning “too heavily on the distinction between the doctrinal and the pastoral“.

Francis Manion says Manzoni’s The Betrothed is “a kind of window” into Francis’s heart.

And a timelapse video captures thousands of pilgrims arriving in St Peter’s Square for yesterday’s canonisations.

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


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