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Pilgrims cheer during the World Youth Day opening ceremony

The pilgrims’ spirits are high in Rio despite the rain

An American university has carried out research into the cost of weddings and the success of marriages (AP Photo)

It’s time we considered adopting the French system

Pope Francis kisses baby while greeting crowd of faithful in Rio de Janeiro (CNS)

The hashtag #papa has even overtaken the Royal baby as a hot topic on Twitter

Pilgrims attend the opening Mass on Copacabana Beach (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 24/07/13

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Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson, who play Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville (AP)

Elizabeth Woodville was an extraordinary and beautiful woman whose descendents still rule us

The Holy Father greets crowds in Rio yesterday (AP)

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A priest preaches in a northern Lebanese village with a painting of the beloved Saint Charbel in the background Photo: CNS

Who is St Charbel?

The Church should follow St Charbel’s example and fix its eyes on the Blessed Sacrament

Pro-lifers march down  O'Connell Street in Dublin earlier this month (PA)

The constitution is being cast aside as a relic of the nation’s poor Catholic past

The days when the disabled could be killed up to birth may soon be over (CNS)

I still hope that the Paralympics has marked a sea change in our attitude to the disabled

Pope Francis blesses the faithful at the Angelus yesterday (AP)

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