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Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/10/13

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

By on Monday, 7 October 2013

Pope Francis gives his blessing at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Pope Francis gives his blessing at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Prayer is the breath of faith,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address yesterday (full video).

Fourteen people have died in clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic, according to a local Catholic official.

Australia’s bishops will consider sweeping changes to the Church’s handling of abuse cases early next year.

Cardinal Dominik Duka of Prague has said the Church “must appear less as admonisher” if it is to reach sceptical Europeans.

Fr Dwight Longenecker argues that Pope Francis’s interview with an Italian atheist was a “communications disaster“.

John Allen predicts that Cardinal Seán O’Malley will “be among the most important influences on Francis“.

And Fr Tim Finigan considers the right and wrong ways to disagree with the Holy Father.

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