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Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/07/13

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

By on Monday, 29 July 2013

Pilgrims walk along Copacabana Beach on the last day of World Youth Day (AP)

Pilgrims walk along Copacabana Beach on the last day of World Youth Day (AP)

Church leaders must ensure their work “is more pastoral than administrative”, Pope Francis told Latin American bishops yesterday in a speech hailed as a “blueprint for his Petrine ministry” (full text).

There are no doctrinal obstacles to the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has concluded.

Cardinal Ersilio Tonini has died aged 99 (report in Italian).

The number of people following the Pope on Twitter passed eight million on Sunday.

John Allen, John Thavis and Ilze Scamparini reflect on what we’ve discovered about Pope Francis in the past week.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi picks his three favourite moments from World Youth Day.

And the BBC captures the moment pilgrims in Rio attempted to break the record for the world’s largest flash mob (video).

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