Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/5/14

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Patriarch Kirill (AP)

Patriarch Kirill has said the Russian Orthodox Church “is not succumbing to any political temptations” in Ukraine.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has said it’s deplorable when the Orthodox Church “succumbs to nationalist rhetoric and lends support to racial tendencies” (full text).

A Vatican workshop on the environment that may influence Pope Francis’s next encyclical begins tomorrow (guide, papers).

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon will be installed as the ninth Archbishop of Liverpool today.

Taiwanese vice-president Wu Den-yih has been criticised for receiving Communion at the papal canonisation Mass.

Andrew Estocin presents the “lessons that Orthodox Christians can learn from Pope Francis“.

And Jeffrey Miller and William Newton comment on the Vatican’s new website design.

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


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