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Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/03/15

Pope Pius XII pictured during a radio broadcast from the Vatican in 1947 (AP Photo/Luigi Felici)

L’Osservatore Romano has dismissed a film defending Pope Pius XII’s wartime record as “frankly clumsy” (trailer, Rome Reports video).

Fr Alexis Prem Kumar has revealed that listening to Vatican Radio helped him to survive captivity in Afghanistan.

If non-Catholics don’t like the rules at Catholic schools “they can go somewhere else”, Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu, president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has said.

John Allen, Damian Thompson and Andrea Tornielli ponder the Vatican’s new economy statutes.

Gordon Haber asks why Pope Francis keeps endorsing a “trippy dystopian novel from 1907”.

Fr Ray Blake wonders if he should give up sermons for Lent.

And Brantly Millegan shares 11 “breathtaking” drone videos of Christian sites.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.