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Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/03/15

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Sunday (AP/Andrew Medichini)

The world is “trying to hide” the persecution of Christians, Pope Francis said at the Angelus as he condemned Sunday’s attacks on the Pakistani faithful (full video).

Indian police have arrested eight suspects in connection with the rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal state (video).

The Pope is still considering whether to visit the Central African Republic this year, a Vatican spokesman has said.

Archbishop-elect Charles Scicluna of Malta has unveiled his new coat of arms, with the motto “faithful and truthful”.

Edward Pentin asks if synod organisers are “stacking the deck again”.

Blogger The Sensible Bond predicts that Francis “will ‘do something’ about priestly celibacy” in 2016.

And the Pope is now a member of the world’s largest Ferrari Formula One fan club.

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