Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/01/13

A Coptic pilgrim holds a candle at Mar Girgis Monastery, near Luxor (AP)

An Egyptian court has sentenced a family to 15 years in jail for converting from Islam to Christianity.

A court in Poland has rejected calls to remove a crucifix from the debating chamber of the country’s parliament.

A former Taiwanese ambassador to the Holy See has said that the Vatican is unlikely to establish diplomatic relations with China.

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship is preparing to issue a booklet urging priests to review the way they celebrate Mass.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, tells Vatican Radio that “Christian faith without the search for unity is not Christian faith“.

James Hall argues that “pitiless popes, bankers and cardinals” killed the High Renaissance painter Raphael.

And Michael Sean Winters explains why “a Catholic university is different from a Taco Bell”.

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