Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/08/14

Cardinal Reinhard Marx (AP)

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has urged Muslim leaders to denounce atrocities committed by the Islamic State.

Slain journalist James Foley told his family he felt he could touch them “even in this darkness when I pray” in his last letter home.

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai will discuss Lebanon’s presidential election stalemate with Pope Francis on Wednesday.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has agreed to take part in a clinical trial of a new anti-cancer drug.

The Guardian welcomes Pope Francis’s “seeming Leftward lurch“.

Deborah Ostrovsky profiles the celebrated Freudian who converted to Catholicism and was then forgotten.

And ChurchPop recalls the cardinal who lost a papal election because of his beard.

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