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Pope Francis listens to a confession in St Peter's Basilica (PA)

What is immediately interesting about the Pope’s letter ahead of the Year of Mercy is the old-fashioned nature of his concerns

Workers make last-minute preparations at the World Youth Day vigil venue (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/07/13

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

I will pray for Gaddafi on All Souls’ Day

The treatment of Gaddafi’s corpse was a disgrace – and now he is with God we can pray for him, as we pray for all the dead