Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/07/13

Pope Francis blesses a woman at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis entrusted World Youth Day in Rio to the Virgin Mary in his Angelus address as Castel Gandolfo yesterday (video).

Mgr Jacques Suaudeau, scientific director of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has predicted that Ireland’s new abortion law will lead to an increase in abortions.

Slow episcopal appointments mean that almost 200 sees worldwide are currently vacant, reports Edward Pentin.

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Joseph Marino is facing a backlash in Malaysia after he supported the right of local Christians to use the word “Allah”.

George Weigel says the encyclical Lumen Fidei confirms that “a pontificate of evangelical reform is underway“.

Andrea Tornielli says Pope Francis wakes each day at 4:45am.

And Eric Marrapodi asks if the Pope has “taken a page from the late Princess Diana’s playbook“.

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