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Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/09/15

Painters work on a papal portrait on the side of a New York City office building (AP)

Most Americans who have left the Church do not think they will ever return, according to a new Pew Research Center survey (full text, Grant Gallicho, John Thavis, Sherry Weddell).

India’s Catholic Church has backed an estimated 150 million workers who held a nationwide strike yesterday.

Civil servants are being urged to work from home to avoid disruption during this month’s papal visit to America.

Edward Pentin asks if last year’s family synod was rigged (video).

Lord Patten says he “cannot remember a public figure to whom I have warmed more” than Pope Francis.

George Weigel explains why he has revised and expanded his Letters to a Young Catholic.

And Smithsonian.com marvels at “the fantastically bejewelled skeletons of Catholicism’s forgotten martyrs”.

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