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Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/04/15

Bolivian president Evo Morales meets Pope Francis at the Vatican in September 2013 (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Francis will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July, in his first papal trip to Spanish-speaking Latin America, the Vatican has confirmed.

Italian police have arrested Muslim migrants for allegedly throwing 12 Christian migrants off a rubber dinghy in the Strait of Sicily.

Bishop Paul Darmanin of Garissa has called for a camp housing 350,000 mainly Somali refugees in northern Kenya to be closed.

John Allen, Rorate Caeli, Ann Carey, Fr James Martin SJ and Dominic Preziosi comment on the end of the Vatican probe of the US Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

Robert George urges the Pope to “quietly” show support for the embattled Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

Kevin Clarke explains how Francis became a major geopolitical force.

And a curator has spotted a monk who looks like Yoda in a medieval manuscript.

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