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Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/05/17

Pope Francis waves during his Regina Caeli address overlooking St Peter's Square (AP)

The Church exists only to announce the Gospel, Pope Francis said in yesterday’s Regina Caeli address (full text, full video).

An Indian official has urged the Church to raise funds to pay a ransom for kidnapped priest Fr Tom Uzhunnalil.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said that it’s “not Catholic” when bishops’ conferences seek to offer “an official interpretation of the Pope” (full video, John Allen, Fr John Zuhlsdorf).

The number of Ukrainians who believe in God has dropped, according to a new poll.

Matthew Bunson, Rita Ferrone, Andrea Gagliarducci, Christopher Lamb and Fr Thomas Reese SJ reflect on the five new cardinals.

Sandro Magister argues that Pope Francis can only count on the support of three national episcopates.

And Steven Van Zandt captures the moment he met some Dominican friars.

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

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Monday, June 5.