Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/10/13

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Prayer is our weapon “in the struggle against evil outside of ourselves and within us“, Pope Francis said at the Angelus yesterday (full video).

Gunmen killed three people and wounded at least nine more outside a Coptic church in Cairo yesterday.

Der Spiegel has accused German dioceses of hiding millions of euros in assets (report in German).

Pope Francis has corresponded by email with an American Jewish professor about God’s presence during the Holocaust.

Marco Tosatti reveals the identities of the Pope’s most trusted advisers.

Michael Durnan offers a tour of a young and intensely Catholic American town.

And the online magazine Berfrois republishes GK Chesterton’s essay on “the great art of lying in bed“.

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