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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/07/16

An Egyptian woman prays for 21 Coptic men killed by ISIS In 2015 (AP)

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the murder of a Coptic priest in Sinai.

Bishop of the Democratic Republic of Congo have said that a delay in elections “threatens to plunge the country into chaos”.

Apostolic administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai has appointed two senior priests to help resolve the crisis in Guam.

Fr Ray Blake argues that there’s “a gulf between between the liberal elite and the masses” in the Catholic Church.

David Cloutier says popes are the surprising heroes of Douglas Rushkoff’s new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus.

Sebastian Gomes visits “a mini, perpetual World Youth Day” in France.

And Cardinal Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro has celebrated his 66th birthday with the city’s homeless.

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