Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/05/14

Pope Francis prays with the Italian bishops yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis urged the Italian bishops to shun “gossip, complaints, jealousy, envy, factionalism” and self-absorption when he addressed them yesterday (full video).

It would be a mistake to think the family can be done away with,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, has told the United Nations (full text).

Pope Francis discussed “peace and stability in the Middle East” with the King of Bahrain yesterday (video).

Tom Heneghan says Patriarch Kirill is “the absent player” at this weekend summit between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Sumon Corraya says Catholic schools are having a tremendous impact in Bangladesh.

R R Reno argues that “Protestantism had a significant and positive influence” on Vatican II.

And a street art image of Pope Francis now adorns a metro station in Rome (video).

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


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