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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/08/17

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus (AP)

The Holy Spirit “infuses audacity into the hearts of believers”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

The Vatican could recognise the Medjugorje apparitions this year, Archbishop Henryk Hoser has said.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has urged those behind the war on drugs to “stop wasting human lives” (full text).

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin will begin a four-day visit to Russia today.

John Allen suggests it’s a “small miracle” that terrorists haven’t struck Vatican City.

Cardinal Peter Turkson says the “effective dismantling of racism must begin within”.

And Jennifer Brinker presents a Catholic guide to the solar eclipse.