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Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/01/15

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Sunday (AP/Riccardo De Luca)

We must always believe that peace is possible, “despite any appearances to the contrary”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, short video, full video).

The Turkish government has permitted the construction of the first new church in almost a century.

‘Ndrangheta members “not only betray the Gospel” but also trample “all over it every day”, southern Italian bishops have said.

John Allen, Fr Federico Lombardi, Rocco Palmo and John Thavis comment on the new cardinals named on Sunday.

Gerard O’Connell explains why 2015 may prove “a watershed year” for Pope Francis.

George Weigel considers what’s at stake at this year’s family synod.

And Phyllis Zagano is bewildered by a new video from the Pontifical Council for Culture.

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