Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/11/14

The homeless will be able to wash beneath the windows of the Apostolic Palace (AP)

Pope Francis has approved the creation of a washroom for the homeless under the colonnades of St Peter’s Square.

Eighty-four per cent of Latin Americans were raised Catholic but only 69 per cent remain so, according to a Pew Research Center study (full text).

The Vatican has permitted the Cause of a Brazilian seminarian known as the “Surfer Angel” to open.

Archbishop Bruno Forte, author of the synod’s controversial mid-term report, has lost an election for the vice-presidency of the Italian bishops’ conference.

Rocco Palmo says Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney’s installation yesterday was hugely significant.

Mgr Anthony Figueiredo says he was astonished by Benedict XVI’s “fantastic health” and mental sharpness when he met him last week.

And Fr James Schall SJ asks whether a pope can ever be a heretic.

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