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Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/01/15

Pope Francis greets Armenian president Serge Sarkisian last September (AP)

Pope Francis will reportedly mark the centenary of the Armenian Genocide at a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in April.

Hundreds of precious Iraqi Christian manuscripts are being digitised after a priest saved them from destruction by ISIS (audio).

The Pope has chosen Italian Carmelite Fr Bruno Secondin to lead next month’s Vatican Lenten retreat (a 2010 English talk).

La Civiltà Cattolica director Fr Antonio Spadaro has sharply criticised journalist Sandro Magister in a dispute over a book published by one of the periodical’s writers.

Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga, who will become the world’s youngest cardinal on February 14, says his new role is “very delicate”.

Historian Eamon Duffy says that Francis cannot “change the Church alone”.

And from next month the Vatican will be offering free haircuts to the homeless.

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