Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/06/13

Pope Francis greets the crowds gathered for the Angelus yesterday (AP)

Martyrs today are “more numerous than in the first centuries of the Church”, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address yesterday.

Jesus is not a mere historical figure but “is living in front of us“, the Pope said at morning Mass yesterday (video).

Pilgrims attending World Youth Day next month will be safe, despite the protests that are engulfing Brazil, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro has said.

The Pope’s chair was left empty on Saturday after he cancelled a scheduled appearance at a Vatican concert (text of papal message, comment by Fr John Zuhlsdorf and Fr Anthony Ruff).

L’Osservatore Romano has criticised a new study’s claim that an Italian credited with rescuing 5,000 Jewish people in World War Two was a Nazi collaborator.

Fr Robert Barron offers six tips for the new evangelisation.

And the New York Times profiles the city’s characterful “saloon priest”.

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