Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/07/13

The Holy Father greets crowds in Rio yesterday (AP)

Pope Francis remained “very happy and waving” when his car became trapped by crowds in Rio yesterday, though his secretary was “scared at times”, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has said (video from from 0:50).

The explosive device found at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida days before the Pope’s visit consisted of “a plastic pipe wrapped in tape“, reports Reuters.

Ireland’s bishops will consecrate the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on August 15.

John Allen wonders if World Youth Day might be renamed “World Youth and Elderly Persons Day“.

Damian Thompson asks whether the new Royal baby would be allowed to become a Catholic if he wished.

Fr James Bradley calls for a “a renewal in Catholic communications“.

And Daniel Horan says no one has noticed just how powerful the new Vatican commission unveiled last week really is.

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