Today’s Catholic must-reads: 10/09/14

Pope Francis greets nuns at the end of the general audience (AP)

The Church is “a Mother who teaches us the works of mercy“, Francis said at this morning’s general audience (full text, short video, full video).

The Pope has named two American priests to senior Vatican posts dealing with clerical abuse.

The Pontiff is “on the brink of making a historic visit” to Uganda, according to the local Observer newspaper.

Fr Thomas Reese SJ explains why he’s disappointed by the list of family synod participants.

Shaun McAfee imagines what would happen if ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi converted to Christianity.

Rocco Palmo reports on the poignant ordination of a cancer sufferer.

And a paralysed Italian man took “an enormous risk” in order to meet the Pope this morning (photos).

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


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