Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/09/14

Patriarch Bechara Rai, centre, at a prayer service in Washington DC (CNS)

Christians persecuted by ISIS must be allowed to return to their homes, US president Barack Obama reportedly told Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai yesterday.

Thousands of mourners have paid their last respects to three murdered Italian Sisters in Burundi.

The Vatican has confirmed the feast days of St John XXIII and St John Paul II.

John Allen says polygamy will be a big issue at next month’s family synod.

Commonweal is celebrating its 90th anniversary by making its website totally free for two months.

Salma Hayek explains why she has “a lot of respect” for Francis.

And Benedict XVI has posed for what is thought to be his first selfie.

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


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