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Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/02/15

Francis makes an unscheduled stop at a shantytown in Ponte Mammolo on the outskirts of Rome yesterday (AP)

Francis “shocked” residents of a shantytown when he paid them a surprise visit yesterday on his way to celebrate Mass in a Roman parish (full video).

The Pope described the sick as “the flesh of Christ” at the Angelus (full text, full video).

Metropolitan Hilarion appeals for a “strategic alliance” between Catholic and Orthodox believers.

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller argues that Francis “is pursuing a spiritual cleansing of the temple” at the Vatican.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf suggests this could be a “pivotal week” in Rome.

Sister Mary Ann Walsh says “mercy has jumped in from every corner to help me” since her diagnosis with cancer.

And a new website shows how Catholics around the world live out the faith.

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