Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/07/13

Cardinal Oswald Gracias is one of the Pope's eight closest cardinal-advisers (AP)

Cardinal Oswald Gracias has condemned the gang rape of a nun in the Indian state of Orissa as “an act of physical and emotional terrorism“.

Fr François Murad was apparently shot dead by members of Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamic group belonging to Syria’s rebel alliance, reports John Allen.

Pope Francis has written a consoling letter to an Argentine singer serving a seven-year sentence following a nightclub fire in 2004 that killed 194 people.

A Polish Catholic youth movement has cut its ties with tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska after she posed naked for ESPN Magazine.

Carl Olson suggests that Lumen Fidei is “a gift that we should return to on a regular basis for many years to come“.

Stefania Falasca, editor of 30 Giorni, says the canonisation of John XXIII will fulfil “the only request formulated by the Council Fathers that hasn’t yet been carried out“.

And Joseph Atkins presents the “top 100 blogs by Catholic Sisters and nuns“.

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