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Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/07/17

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims gathered for the Angelus (AP)

Jesus Christ “gives us the grace of walking in a new life”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

The Vatican is responding individually to priests in Ahiara diocese after the deadline to accept their new bishop passed.

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako has visited Mosul’s damaged churches.

Christianity in Germany is reportedly declining at a record rate.

The Economist says there’s an “escalating standoff” between Christian liberals and conservatives.

John Allen asks if the media will ever turn against Pope Francis.

And Philip Kosloski explains why pews were invented.

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