Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/08/14

Francis greets Paul Bhatti, brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, in May 2013 (AP)

The brother of the murdered politician Shahbaz Bhatti personally invited Pope Francis to Pakistan yesterday.

Poland is considering renewing its request to extradite former nuncio Józef Wesołowski to face sex abuse charges (Robert John Araujo SJ).

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako has reportedly said that “America is behind ISIS“.

The Pope’s personal envoy to Iraq is travelling to America to brief bishops on the crisis (video).

Half of the world’s Christians live in just 11 countries, according to the Pew Research Center.

Statistics blog Nineteen Sixty-four sees “signs of life” amid the decline of America’s female religious.

And Jane Kelly meets the nun who tore down a black Islamist flag in a heavily Muslim part of London.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day


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