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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/08/13

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

Pope addresses journalists on his return flight to Rome (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Assisi on the feast of St Francis

Cardinal Dolan has made clear that the Pope's words should come as no surprise (CNS)

The Archbishop of New York has made clear that the Church’s position on sexuality remains unchanged

The Pope disembarks after returning from Rio (AP)

Now we need a canonical solution to the issue of second unions

'The idea that there is a lobby of masons at work in the Vatican is an old one' (Photo: CNS)

Should we be worried that Pope Francis mentioned a masonic lobby in his famous press conference?

A pilgrim with a rosary wrapped around her hand prays during the World Youth Day closing Mass on Copacabana beach (Photo: CNS)

WYD 2013 has inspired youngsters from around the world

People crowd a sport hall set up for the funeral service of some of the victims of Sunday's bus crash, in Pozzuoli, near Naples (Photo: PA)

Victims were returning to Naples after three-day pilgrimage to Catholic shrines

The Pope answered questions on the Vatican Bank, women priests and the “gay lobby”

Pope Francis addresses journalists on his flight from Rio de Janeiro (Photo: CNS)

The Holy Father is challenging the defensiveness that has so harmed the Church’s mission

Three million people attend World Youth Day closing Mass on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro (CNS)

Pilgrims descended on Copacabana Beach to hear the Pope urge them to reach out to those on “the fringes of society”