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Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/05/16

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he appears for the Regina Coeli (AP)

The faithful should witness to Christ “not only with words but also with daily life”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Regina Caeli (full text, full video).

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has visited Nato troops in Lithuania.

The “war on terrorism” is a holy war, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has said.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has welcomed the election of the first Muslim mayor of London.

The Pope asked missionary doctors on Saturday to pray “that the Lord will make me each day become poorer”.

Diane Montagna shares the general audience address John Paul II intended to deliver on the day of his attempted assassination.

And Rome Reports meets a man marking the Year of Mercy by running across America

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