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Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/07/13

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

By on Friday, 5 July 2013

A World Youth Day design at a Corpus Christi celebration in Brasilia in May (AP)

A World Youth Day design at a Corpus Christi celebration in Brasilia in May (AP)

The Vatican has reportedly asked the Brazilian government for an extra £26m (€30m, $39m) to cover an expected shortfall in the budget for next month’s World Youth Day in Rio.

Brazilian authorities have released the killer of Amazon activist Sister Dorothy Stang even though he has served less than a third of his sentence.

The Vatican recorded a small budget surplus of £1.5m (€1.7m, $2.2m) in 2012, but saw donations to the annual Peter’s Pence collection fall by 12 per cent.

The Italian prime minister Enrico Letta and Pope Francis discussed unemployment in the European Union when they met at the Vatican yesterday (video).

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has published an ebook describing his experience at this year’s conclave.

Jason Liske says the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in India is a hotbed of potential future saints.

And Kevin Cotter lists seven things you need to know about Pope Francis’s first encyclical, which is released today.

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