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Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/03/18

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims gathered for his Angelus address (AP)

Christianity “doesn’t offer easy consolations”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

Cardinal Karl Lehmann has died aged 81.

The Vatican Secretariat of State has reportedly threatened a conservative Catholic site with legal action.

John Allen previews Pope Francis’s trip to the birthplace of Padre Pio.

Rocco Palmo looks ahead to next year’s Amazon synod.

Andrea Gagliarducci examines why a dossier of gay priests was sent to the Vatican.

And a nun fighting a legal battle with Katy Perry has died in court.

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