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Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/05/15

Francis prays during Mass in St Peter's Basilica marking the start of the Caritas Internationalis general assembly (AP)

God will judge “the powerful of the Earth” who damage the environment and make the poor go hungry, Pope Francis said at a Mass marking the start of the Caritas general assembly yesterday (full text, full video).

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has unveiled a seven-point plan to help persecuted Christians.

Vietnamese Catholics are mourning “a model bishop” who resisted communist oppression.

The Catholic Church in Singapore has denied reports that it excommunicated a teenage blogger recently convicted for posts intending to hurt the feelings of Christians.

John Burger, Mark Judge, Gregory Popcak and Fr Dwight Longenecker comment on a major new study suggesting Americans are rapidly becoming less Christian (full text).

Fr Ray Blake explains why he loathes bidding prayers.

And Michael Foley explains how to drink like a saint.

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