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Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/02/15

A slow shutter speed photo of a consistory of cardinals at the Vatican (AP)

The world’s cardinals are meeting in Rome today for a briefing on Pope Francis’s reform programme.

The statutes of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy are being delayed by Vatican infighting, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has said.

The Vatican has dismissed reports of a foiled assassination attempt on the Pope in the Philippines as “unreliable”.

A Californian lawmaker is seeking the removal of a statue of soon-to-be saint Junipero Serra from the US Capitol.

John Thavis explains why Francis is taking so long to reform the Roman Curia.

Melanie McDonagh argues that the Pope was right about smacking.

An 11-year-old girl with a rare form of cancer has realised her dream of meeting the Holy Father.

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