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Pope Francis preaches at the closing Mass of Asian Youth Day (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/08/14

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

Brazilian Neymar celebrates after scoring against Panama this month (AP)

Pontiff marks start of tournament in Brazil with message to ‘football lovers’

The Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, where the World Cup final will be played

Bishops also criticise organisers for removing communities to build stadiums

Christ the Redeemer statue  in Rio de Janeiro (CNS)

Christ the Redeemer statue shown in an Italian football shirt in advert on Rai

Pilgrims pack Copacabana beach for World Youth Day's closing Mass (AP)

Francis recognises ‘great effort’ made by the Local Organising Committee in Rio

Sister Dorothy Stang was shot dead in 2005 (Photo: CNS)

Sister Dorothy Stang was shot dead after working in favour of land rights for the poor

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Copacabana Beach during WYD (AP)

Francis writes message to people joining in the Brazilian Catholic Church’s celebration of Family Week

Pope Francis steps off a plane after returning to Rome on Monday (CNS)

Pope back in Rome after Brazil visit

As Pope Francis boarded a helicopter to meet World Youth Day volunteers in Rio, he made the sign of the Cross and then a heart to the delight of the watching crowd

Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

Pope address staff and patients at Rio hosptial