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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/09/18

Pope Francis meets officials representing the US Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Vatican (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

The US bishops’ conference has announced plans to create a code of conduct for bishops (full text).

A Dutch bishop has withdrawn from the youth synod, saying it is not “the right time” for the event.

Musician Bono has discussed the abuse crisis with Pope Francis.

The Chinese government is seeking “absolute control” over the Church, missionary Fr Sergio Ticozzi has said.

George Weigel argues that “institutional-maintenance Catholicism is finished”.

Paul Baumann responds to Damon Linker.

And Eleanor Parker explores the origins of Ember Days.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.