Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/10/13

Patriarch Gregory III Laham (CNS)

Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham has insisted during a visit to London that Syria’s Christians will survive the war.

The Catholic Church played a crucial role in the survival of most of Rome’s Jews during the Second World War, a Jewish historian has concluded.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has said Catholics must “break from egoism and self-interest” if they are to renew the world.

Marie Meaney wonders if the German Catholic Church is heading for a formal schism.

George Weigel responds to criticisms of his book Evangelical Catholicism in a “searching review” by John Cavadini.

Adam DeVille says he’s had enough of people pontificating about Pope Francis.

And the Argentine middleweight boxer Sergio Martínez has given his WBC world championship belt to Pope Francis (video).

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