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Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/02/15

Cardinal George Pell (CNS)

A leak of Vatican financial czar Cardinal George Pell’s expenses to an Italian weekly is “clearly aimed at discrediting him”, reports the Associated Press (original Italian report).

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is still committed to introducing controversial morality clauses in teachers’ contracts.

Norwegian police are investigating Oslo’s Catholic bishop for serious fraud.

John Allen says Pope Francis faces a crucial decision over Cardinal Pell’s financial reforms.

Andrea Gagliarducci considers how likely the Pope is to travel to war-torn Ukraine.

Canon lawyer Edward Peters suggests the alleged Vatican interception of books intended for synod fathers was “worse than a crime”.

And Jean-Louis de la Vaissière says Benedict XVI “seems to be in better health now” than when he officially retired two years ago.

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