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Pope Francis video speaking online to a Salvadoran student in 2014 (CNS)

The monthly messages will feature Francis asking for prayers on various challenges facing the world

Erica Firpo at the Empty Vatican event, where Instagrammers were allowed in to take pictures

Lucky Instagrammers had the place to themselves for one evening

Archbishop Paul Coakley elevates the chalice during Mass (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/08/14

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