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Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/07/15

Francis may make a brief appearance on the West Front of the US Capitol (AP)

The Pope’s historic speech to the US Congress on September 24 will be broadcast live on giant screens outside the Capitol.

The world is facing “one complex crisis which is both social and environmental”, Cardinal Peter Turkson has said at the Second World Meeting of Social Movements in Bolivia.

The German section of Vatican Radio has received a “verbal slap” after it published a photo of kissing lesbians on its website.

Austen Ivereigh says Francis was “wholly behind” the appointment of the highly controversial Chilean Bishop Juan Barros Madrid to Osorno.

George Weigel urges Francis to “meet and embrace the courageous Ladies in White” when he visits Cuba.

Tom Hoopes says Catholics should take the “Francis option” rather than the “Benedict option” in the culture wars.

And Daniel Engber defends the air-conditioning industry from papal criticism in Laudato Si’.

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