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Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/09/15

Kraków is the host city for next year's World Youth Day (AP)

“Mercy is the only way to overcome evil,” the Pope has said in his message for World Youth Day in Kraków (full text).

The Nigerian bishops have commended Pope Francis’s annulment reforms.

Islamists have attacked a mainly Christian neighbourhood in the capital of the Central African Republic ahead of the papal visit in November.

Edward Pentin weighs up the competing agendas at next week’s family synod.

RR Reno says he is wary of Pope Francis’s “extremism”.

Bernard Prusak accuses Ross Douthat of landing “low blows” in his critique of liberal Christianity.

And a “crowd science” expert has claimed that there were no more than 142,000 people at the Pope’s final Mass in America.

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