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Pope Francis delivers his first Angelus address of 2017 (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/01/17

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Special police officers stand guard to secure the area around the Coptic Orthodox cathedral complex (CNS photo/Mohamed Abd El Ghany, Reuters)

The suspect apparently belonged to a terrorist cell funded by exiled Muslim Brotherhood leaders

Security forces examine the aftermath of the bombing (AP)

The attack is one of the deadliest against Egypt’s Christians in recent memory

Pope Francis presides at Benediction of the blessed Sacrament yesterday  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Washing and kissing feet: Mama Maggie’s attention is always focused on the children (AP)

Amid the filth and despair of Cairo’s worst slums, a middle-class ‘lady in white’ feels called by God to protect the children who must sort rubbish to stay alive

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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/10/13

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

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An anti-Morsi protester holds up a copy of the Quran and a cross at a rally in Cairo last month (CNS)

Coptic Catholic Bishop Youhannes Zakaria claims food supplies are running low

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi carry a protester injured during clashes with riot police and the army in Cairo (PA)

Pope Francis appeals for peace in Egypt

Pontiff prays for victims after violent crackdown in Cairo

Anti-Morsi protesters celebrate in Cairo today
(Khalil Hamra/AP/Press Association Images)

Persecution of Christians has risen ‘exponentially’, says bishop