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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 23/10/13

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

By on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at this morning's general audience (AP)

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at this morning's general audience (AP)

If the Church were to fail “to bring Jesus” it would be “a dead church”, Pope Francis said at his general audience this morning (short video, full video).

The justice system punishes “the small fry” but lets “the big fish swim free in the water”, the Pope has told Italian prison chaplains.

The whistleblower at the heart of a crisis in the American Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis has said she “didn’t do enough” to protect the vulnerable.

John Thavis and Fr John Zuhlsdorf comment on Archbishop Gerhard Müller’s L’Osservatore Romano article insisting that divorced and remarried Catholics should not receive Communion.

Simeon Tegel says a series of clerical abuse scandals has left Latin Americans “wondering what’s really changed in the Vatican”.

Jerry Ryan is puzzled by a Russian icon depicting Pontius Pilate as a saint.

And Andrew Sullivan hails Mother Antonia, the twice-divorced “saint” who left Beverly Hills to live in a Mexican prison.

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