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Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/03/18

Pope Francis leads his general audience on January 24, 2018 in St Peter's Square (CNS/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

More than three quarters of US Catholics have a “favourable” view of Pope Francis, but a quarter say he is “naïve”, according to the Pew Research Center (Joan Frawley Desmond).

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has accused German bishops of a “wholly dishonest ploy” on Communion for non-Catholic spouses.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin has signalled the Vatican’s concern over Italy’s election results.

Kerala’s high court has ordered a police probe into a land deal involving Cardinal George Alencherry (TA Ameerudheen).

Catherine Soi reports on Muslims sheltering in a Catholic compound in the Central African Republic.

Massimo Faggioli asks if liberal theologians are ready to “offer an alternative to the current neo-traditionalist vision of the Catholic tradition”.

And Stephen Beale wonders why we close our eyes to pray.

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