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Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/02/15

Pope Francis leaves St Peter's Basilica after celebrating the Mass for religious (AP/Andrew Medichini)

Religious find joy when they follow the “way of abasement with Jesus”, the Pope said at a Mass marking the World Day of Consecrated Life yesterday (full text, full video).

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow has thanked the Holy See for its “balanced stance” on the Ukraine crisis.

Francis is unlikely to visit Medjugorje during his day trip to Sarajevo in June.

Catholics will observe the first international day of prayer against human trafficking on February 8 (video).

John Allen says its clear that Francis hasn’t “stacked the deck” at this October’s family synod.

Andrea Gagliarducci argues that Francis “does not seem to have in mind a precise doctrinal or reform project”.

And Rebecca O’Connell lists 10 peculiar things you can buy from monks.

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