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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 07/08/13

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

By on Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The faithful reach out to touch the statue of San Cayetano in Buenos Aires (AP)

The faithful reach out to touch the statue of San Cayetano in Buenos Aires (AP)

When you meet those most in need, your heart will begin to grow bigger,” Pope Francis has said in a video message to Argentines celebrating the feast of San Cayetano (video in Spanish).

Fourteen priests, including four in Colombia, have been killed around the world since the start of the year, reports Vatican Insider.

An American man who says he was abused by a cleric 50 years ago has abandoned a lawsuit against the Holy See.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has said that “the plan of God does not intend to make the ordained ministers shoulder the entire mission of the Catholic Church“.

Fr Raymond de Souza argues that it’s “largely the Church’s own fault” that the Pope’s in-flight press conference overshadowed World Youth Day.

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the Pope’s new almoner, says leftover food from the Pope’s table is given to “the poor and needy on the streets adjacent to the Vatican”.

And Mark Shea reports that Pope Francis’s visit to Rio has already inspired converts.

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