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A liturgy concludes at an Armenian Orthodox church in Damascus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/10/13

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Pope Francis greets a child during his visit to a slum in Rio in August (CNS)

Must Catholics be poor?

There should not be one standard for the clergy and another for us lay people

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for families in St Peter's Square yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/10/13

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

These days nuns are a rare sight in schools (AP)

The white veils and white gloves on feast days are now a distant memory

The boy who liked the Facebook post has been sent to jail, pending trial (Photo: PA)

Viewing video clips of a decapitation on social media trivialises the violence. At the same time, there are sometimes appalling images that the public should see

The Pope prays during yesterday's episcopal ordination at St Peter's (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/10/13

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

Mother Antonia Brenner (CNS)

Mother Antonia Brenner decided at the age of 50 to devote herself to the inmates of a Tijuana prison

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