Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/09/14

Pope Francis waves during yesterday's Angelus address (AP)

The Gospel, the Eucharist and prayer help us to avoid becoming “watered-down Christians“, Pope Francis said at the Angelus on Sunday (full text, full video).

The apostolic nuncio to Cuba has denounced the country’s “extreme poverty and human and civil degradation”.

A privately funded rescue mission inspired by Pope Francis has saved about 250 migrants in trouble in the Mediterranean (profile).

The Crux, a new Catholic site created by John Allen and the Boston Globe, will be launched this week (homepage).

Peter Crutchley profiles the priest who showed extraordinary courage in helping to bring peace to Northern Ireland.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I urges Christians to respect “the contribution of every living being and vegetable in the universal liturgy of life“.

And the Vatican is marking the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death with a new stamp (video).

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


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