Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/07/13

Workers make last-minute preparations at the World Youth Day vigil venue (AP)

World Youth Day will boost the Brazilian economy by $220m (£145m, €168m) and create 20,000 jobs, organisers have said.

Pope Francis has confided that his work is not easy in a letter to the country’s president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (full text of letter, video).

Bishops should not cluster parishes as if they are “downsizing a corporation”, Fr Helmut Schüller, head of the Austrian Priests’ Initiative, has said during a visit to Boston.

Emma Elliott Freire says that Christians in Brazil are divided over the merits of recent mass street protests.

Fr James Martin SJ explains that the Pope is not actually “offering indulgences in exchange for Twitter followers“.

BBC correspondent David Willey recounts his own dealings with the Vatican bank.

And sand sculptures featuring female curves on Copacabana Beach are being covered up out of respect for the papal visitor next week (video of papal sand sculptures).

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.