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Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/09/15

Pope Francis speaks during Vespers at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (AP)

Pope Francis has expressed his closeness to Muslims affected by the stampede in Mecca yesterday.

Russia can teach the West how to receive Muslim immigrants with “no hysteria, no police, no gas, no physical clashes”, Patriarch Kirill has said.

Cardinal Godfried Danneels has said he belonged to a “mafia” opposed to Benedict XVI (video).

John Allen, Molly Ball, Ross Douthat, Grant Gallicho, Richard Garnett, Stephen Greydanus, Daniel Henninger, Jonathan Liedl and Michael Sean Winters comment on the Pope in America.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says the encyclical Laudato Si’ is “emphatically not charting a new course in papal theology”.

Luke Burns writes a short story for the New Yorker inspired by Pope Francis’s visit.

And a seminary in Philadelphia is putting a Pope Francis-inspired beer on tap.

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