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Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/08/15

An Assyrian woman prays for abducted Christians at a church in Damascus (CNS)

ISIS has freed 22 Assyrian Christians seized in northeastern Syria in February.

Composer Paul Inwood has won an international competition to create the official Vatican hymn for the Year of Mercy.

A German diocese has reported an increase in Mass attendance despite a sharp country-wide drop in Church membership.

Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz has reprimanded a priest who apologised to outgoing Polish president Bronisław Komorowski for “injustices” against him.

Founder Brantly Millegan celebrates the first anniversary of ChurchPOP.

Rome Reports introduces the Pope’s new personal physician, Dr Fabrizio Soccorsi.

And Philadelphia Eagles fans have launched a petition asking Pope Francis to bless quarterback Sam Bradford’s knees (full text).

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