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Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/08/15

Cardinal George Pell (CNS)

Sweeping financial reforms at the Vatican “would be impossible” without Pope Francis, finance czar Cardinal George Pell has said.

Some popes “gave out the wrong message” on clerical abuse, retired Bishop Geoffrey Robertson has told an Australian royal commission.

Inmates are creating a chair for the Pope ahead of his meeting with prisoners in Philadelphia.

Michael Sean Winters argues that Francis is offering a challenge to the Catholic Left.

Paul Vallely explains where the Pope learned humility.

Andrea Gagliarducci reflects on a “prophecy” by Pope Francis’s late confessor.

And AP talks to the Catholic family driving in Volkswagen van from Argentina to Philadelphia to see the Pontiff.

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