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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/12/14

Turkish police check a nun's bag during the papal visit. The Year of Consecrated Life began on November 30 (AP)

Francis has urged religious communities to “wake up the world” in a letter marking the start of the Year of Consecrated Life (video, plenary indulgence).

The Pope has asked Cardinal Christoph Schönborn to represent him at an event in Kiev marking the 25th anniversary of the liberation of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said he expects to be travelling all over the world in his new role as patron of the Knights of Malta.

John Allen, Fr Federico Lombardi and Rorate Caeli comment on Catholic-Orthodox relations following Francis’s visit to Turkey.

Joanna Moorhead meets the Sister who cares for victims of sex trafficking in London.

Tom Kington asks if the Catholic Church will have an impact on the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election.

And Adam Chandler wonders if the chance discovery of a rare manuscript increases the likelihood that Shakespeare was a Catholic.

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

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on December 3.