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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/04/15

Cardinal George Pell with Pope Francis at a general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Finance czar Cardinal George Pell has said he hopes the Vatican will “avoid scandals” during the forthcoming Jubilee of Mercy.

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati has ruled that Jesuit theologian Fr Jorge Costadoat is no longer allowed to teach at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Nigerian bishops have urged all parties to accept the country’s presidential election result.

Zimbabweans should not take part in elections until the government has introduced reforms, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace has said.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi reveals that hearing a train whistle changed his life.

Blogger Patrick Archbold says the National Catholic Register has fired him.

And a Muslim family is carving the chair Pope Francis will use during his visit to Bosnia on June 6.

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