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Pope Francis meets Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek in June (CNS)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 31/07/13

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The Pope disembarks after returning from Rio (AP)

Now we need a canonical solution to the issue of second unions

'The idea that there is a lobby of masons at work in the Vatican is an old one' (Photo: CNS)

Should we be worried that Pope Francis mentioned a masonic lobby in his famous press conference?

A pilgrim with a rosary wrapped around her hand prays during the World Youth Day closing Mass on Copacabana beach (Photo: CNS)

WYD 2013 has inspired youngsters from around the world

Pope Francis addresses journalists on his flight from Rio de Janeiro (Photo: CNS)

The Holy Father is challenging the defensiveness that has so harmed the Church’s mission

Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio SJ (Wikimedia Commons)

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The Coliseum in Rome, built during the reign of Emperor Vespasiano in  c.72 AD (Photo: PA)

A society in decline, religion as counter-culture, and mass immigration are just some of issues that link us to the Roman Empire

Three million people attend World Youth Day closing Mass on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro (CNS)

Pilgrims descended on Copacabana Beach to hear the Pope urge them to reach out to those on “the fringes of society”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George (Photo: CNS)

Couples must not persuade themselves of the need to limit the size of their families

A choir sings as pilgrims prepare for the World Youth Day closing Mass  (Photo: CNS)

Putting down my camera phone allowed me to share a truly special moment with Pope Francis and my fellow volunteers