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Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/02/15

The German bishops’ conference is “not just a subsidiary of Rome” and must be free to pursue its own marriage and family ministry, Cardinal Reinhard Marx has said.

The family of a Chinese underground bishop who spent half a century in jail is still awaiting his body a month after he reportedly died.

Secularism is “the new way the Devil presents himself in the modern world”, new Thai Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij has said.

The Pope and the Curia must avoid a superficial religiosity that measures faith “according to statistics”, Lenten retreat master Fr Bruno Secondin has said.

Former Vatican promoter of justice Bishop Charles Scicluna will be named Archbishop of Malta on Friday, the Malta Independent has claimed.

George Weigel reflects on a new study suggesting 89 per cent of the world’s population are religious believers.

And John Lyons tells the story of Guido Schäffer, the Brazilian seminarian who could be declared the world’s first surfing saint.

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