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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/02/15

Cologne Cathedral in Germany (AP)

The Archdiocese of Cologne has revealed that it has assets of €3.35 billion ($3.8 billion, £2.5 billion).

A United Nations-backed force should intervene in Libya, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said.

Pope Francis has thanked Italian coastguards for rescuing thousands of people between Libya and Italy.

An American gay rights group has received “VIP treatment for the first time” at the Vatican (critique).

A bishop has ordered the removal of the Blessed Sacrament from all churches in the diocese of Ars after a spate of desecrations.

George Weigel argues that Russian president Vladimir Putin is no ally to Catholics in “international pro-life and pro-family work”.

And the Egyptian faithful have celebrated “a great day of joy” with the consecration of the first Catholic church in Sinai.

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