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Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/07/17

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered for the Angelus (AP)

We must ask ourselves if “our heart is open to accept faithfully the seed of the Word of God”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

Coptic Orthodox Christians have reportedly been asked to cancel all activities outside churches this month because of security threats.

Archbishop Romulo Valles has been elected president of the Philippine bishops’ conference (Catherine Valente).

John Allen, Rod Dreher, Samuel Gregg, Fr Dwight Longenecker, Fr Raymond de Souza and Michael Sean Winters comment on La Civiltà Cattolica’s article on American Christians.

Ross Douthat says that Francis’s pontificate “has been a kind of halfway revolution”.

Fr Thomas Rosica argues that Fr James Martin’s book is “is by no means revolutionary”.

And Andrew Butterfield describes how Raphael explored the inner life “with ever greater accuracy and power”.

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