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Pope Francis greets prelates after the general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 01/10/14

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

David Haines, the British aid worker killed by ISIS

30 countries pledge to combat ISIS “by all means necessary”

Maurice Glasman: 'The most important thing is to express my gratitude to the Church, to the Catholic tradition for the intellectual nourishment'

Maurice Glasman explains why Catholics should trust the Labour party

Iraqi Christians fleeing the violence in Mosul sleeps inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chaldean Church in Telkaif (CNS)

Church leaders in Iraq select Feast of the Transfiguration for universal prayer day

A Palestinian family flee their house in Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip (CNS)

CRS currently delivering humanitarian aid to thousands of Gazans

Sister Muna Totah, a member of the Sisters of St  Joseph of the Apparition, treats a young patient at St Joseph Hospital (CNS)

Israeli missile strike hit the house of Christian family in Gaza on Sunday

Pilgrims stand outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City (CNS)

Conflict between Israel and Hamas has not stopped pilgrimages ‘functioning like normal’

Pope Francis blesses Meriam Ibrahim yesterday (via @bettapique)

A guide to the harder-to-grasp aspects of Catholic news stories

People grieve at the coffins of two Christian brothers killed in Mosul (CNS)

The long tradition of the presence of Christians in the Middle East is nearly at an end

Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople planting an olive tree in the Vatican Gardens (CNS)

Pope was speaking to coalition of funding agencies coordinated by Congregation for Eastern Churches