Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/01/14

Nine-year-old Syrian refugees at a camp in Jordan (AP)

Offering asylum to Syrian refugees is not the “real answer” to the country’s problems, Patriarch Gregorios III has argued.

The theft of a vial of Blessed John Paul II’s blood was “a commissioned robbery“, an Italian promoter of the relics has said.

Pope Francis has recognised a Spanish priest killed in 1936 as a martyr.

Pius XI briefly thought that Mussolini might be a “person sent by God”, the author of new study of the Church and the fascist leader has claimed.

Laurence England wonders why Francis didn’t mention Benedict XVI among the popes who promoted Christian unity.

Slawomir Sierakowski claims that the Polish bishops are gripped by an “anti-gender paranoia”.

And Hilary White tells the remarkable story of the first student intern employed by Vatican Radio.

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