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Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/07/13

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

By on Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Bishops and pilgrims on the last day of the Congress in Dublin (AP)

Bishops and pilgrims on the last day of the Congress in Dublin (AP)

The International Eucharistic Congress in Ireland last year boosted the local economy by €33m ($42.5m, £28m), organisers have said.

The Vatican has loaned a vial of Blessed John Paul II’s blood for veneration at a church in Rio de Janeiro (video).

Church authorities in Malaysia have filed an application to strike out the government’s appeal against a ruling allowing a Catholic newspaper to use the word “Allah”.

The Church in Singapore has promised a full investigation of clerical abuse allegations dating back to the mid-1990s.

David Brooks says the power of Catholic philosopher Charles Taylor’s 2007 book A Secular Age is undimmed.

American political commentator E J Dionne argues that Pope Francis is “a brilliant politician“.

And Jason Bach offers a brief visual Catholic history of the internet.

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