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Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/12/14

A picture of Pope Francis inside Manila Cathedral, where he will celebrate Mass on January 16 (CNS)

Only 2,000 people will be allowed to attend the papal Mass in Manila next month because of security concerns, organisers have said (press release).

Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan has said he doesn’t believe that Francis will permit remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion.

Citizens of the Central African Republic have experienced a “descent into hell”, the bishops have said in an Advent message.

Priests in Delhi have appealed for guards and security cameras following attacks on church properties.

Austen Ivereigh says it’s a big mistake to think that Francis is “just another liberal in the western mould”.

Mgr Francis Mannion asks if the Catholic Church will ever embrace megachurches.

And Rome Reports captures the moment that the Vatican Christmas tree arrived in St Peter’s Square.

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