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Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/01/15

Pope Francis presents Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland with the pallium on June 29 2013 (CNS)

Metropolitan archbishops will now receive the pallium in their dioceses, rather than in Rome, Pope Francis has ruled.

India’s Catholic bishops have issued a pastoral letter deploring a rise “religious nationalism”.

Catholic bishops in Niger have underlined their “friendship and brotherhood” with Muslims following a wave of anti-Christian violence.

Middle Eastern patriarchs have urged the international community “to seriously exert effort” to allow Christian refugees to return to their homes.

David Knowles says Francis presents a headache for a trio of Catholic US presidential hopefuls.

Austen Ivereigh argues that the Pope’s critique of capitalism falls “squarely within the Church’s tradition of social teaching”.

And Francis helped a juggler with his act at yesterday’s general audience (video at 1:30).

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