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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/07/13

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Tuesday, 2 July 2013

John Paul II prays before John XXIII's tomb in 1993 (AP)

John Paul II prays before John XXIII's tomb in 1993 (AP)

Cardinal members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints are voting today on whether to approve miracles attributed to Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII, according to Italian media reports.

A video apparently showing the beheading of Syrian priest Fr François Murad probably isn’t authentic, according to the Daily Telegraph.

An Italian monsignor arrested for reportedly smuggling €20m (£17m, $26m) into the country has told investigators that he was simply trying to help his friends.

The New York Times suggests that newly released documents confirm that Cardinal Timothy Dolan tried to shield Church assets from abuse claims when he was Archbishop of Milwaukee.

Rocco Palmo offers a primer on Pope Francis’s first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, which will be released on Friday.

John Allen reports on yesterday’s Vatican bank resignations.

And canon lawyer Edward Peters argues that it would be a bad idea for the Church to “get out of the marriage business“.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day