Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/07/14

Mar Behnam Monastery, near Bakhdida in northern Iraq

ISIS militants have expelled monks from the Mar Behnam Monastery, which dates back to the fourth century.

Bishop Tony Palmer, an Evangelical leader close to Pope Francis, has died after a motorcycle accident (video).

Musician Tom Petty has criticised the Church’s record on abuse on his new album.

Philip Jenkins clashes with Jason Berry over the nature of the US clerical abuse crisis.

John Waters wonders if Francis is seeking “to play the liberal media on their own turf“.

Andrea Gagliarducci identifies what he calls “the original sin of the cardinals’ pre-conclave meetings“.

And South Korean pop star Rain has converted to Catholicism.

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


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