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Pope Francis speaks to the media aboard the papal flight from Rio de Janeiro

Does Francis’s attempts to reach out to lapsed Catholics risk sapping the motivation of those who sacrifice much in the name of faith?

Blessed John Paul II (CNS)

Like Leo the Great and Gregory the Great, he both exerted geopolitical influence and reasserted the teaching authority of the Holy See

A flag bearing Archbishop Romero's image in San Salvador (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/10/13

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

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

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 23/10/13

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

Our Government needs to face up to the persecution of Christians abroad (PA)

Sticking up for Christians is not something Britain’s ruling Coalition does

The funeral service for four Copts killed on Sunday takes place in Cairo (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/10/13

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

Box Hill in Surrey is famous for its beautiful views and features in the Jane Austen novel, Emma (PA)

Have we turned nature into another form of self-indulgence?

Priebke's funeral last week (AP)

The heroism and sacrifice of priests living under the Nazis is forgotten

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/10/13

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

Rageh Omaar host the BBC series, The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors (PA)

BBC series explores how the Suleiman the Magnificent submitted Sharia law to his own will