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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/10/14

The T-shirt worn by one of the group of Lampedusa survivors who met the Pope (AP)

Europeans must “open the doors of their hearts” to refugees, Pope Francis said as he met survivors of a shipwreck off Lampedusa yesterday (video).

Two cardinals have urged the Hong Kong government to tackle the political deadlock following days of mass protests.

The furious debate before this month’s synod “doesn’t damage the Church, it helps the Church“, Cardinal Walter Kasper has said.

Laurence England, Mark Lambert, Fr Dwight Longenecker and Joseph Shaw comment on English Bishop Kieran Conry’s sudden resignation.

Elisabetta Povoledo says shopkeepers near the Vatican are furious at the ban on selling papal blessing parchments.

Marilynne Robinson says she is “appalled” by the imagination of Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor.

And Greg Erlandson introduces Fr Fabio Rossi, Italy’s answer to Fr Robert Barron.

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