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Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/01/18

Pope Francis speaks at a meeting with young people at Notre Dame College in Dhaka on December 2, 2017 (Getty Images)

Pope Francis has said that he called a youth synod because the Church needs to be “challenged, deep down, by her sons and daughters”.

Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron has denied abuse allegations by his nephew.

John Allen suggests the relationship between Turkey and the Holy See is “back on track”.

Marie Collins argues that the Vatican is treating the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors as “unimportant”.

Victor Gaetan says the papal visit to Peru will be particularly challenging.

Sohrab Ahmari says the Pope’s “hesitant posture” on Venezuela is no longer tenable.

And Kevin Di Camillo tells the story of the chess grandmaster who became a priest.

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