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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/08/15

A bulldozer destroys Mar Elian monastery in Qaryatain (

ISIS fighters have reportedly bulldozed a 5th-century monastery in the Syrian town of Qaryatain.

An ex-colonel is fighting extradition to Spain for the murder of six Jesuits in El Salvador in 1989.

The number of men entering seminary in Philadelphia has more than tripled this year.

Officials have banned drones, model aeroplanes and hot air balloons during the papal visit to Philadelphia next month.

S&P Dow Jones Indices has announced the creation of a new share index, the SP 500 Catholic Values Index, that follows US bishops’ guidance on ethical investment.

Sandro Magister says that, despite his denunciations of capitalist excess, the Pope is turning to “the upper crust of the global technocracy”.

And a craft brewery in New Jersey is launching a new beer called You Only Pope Once in honour of Francis’s visit to America.

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