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Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/12/15

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Francis says he hopes Year of Mercy can revive Confession and a better understanding of the Eucharist

Bishop Egan made the suggestion in his pastoral letter

The new series of Homeland, opened with Carrie Mathison going to Mass

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

The night I outran my demons

As a young doctor on a cancer ward, I consoled myself with drink and
New Age nonsense. Then one evening I stepped into a chamber of horrors

In a homily the Pope says priests who struggle to be merciful should avoid hearing Confessions

What is immediately interesting about the Pope’s letter ahead of the Year of Mercy is the old-fashioned nature of his concerns

The Pope made his appeal during his Angelus address on Sunday