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Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/10/15

Pope Francis speaks at today's general audience (AP)

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness for recent scandals “in Rome and at the Vatican” at his general audience this morning (full video).

Accounts of three miracles attributed to the intercession of Blessed Oscar Romero have been sent to the Vatican.

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto has described “repeated acts of violence” in the Holy Land as “very worrying”.

The Indian bishops’ conference of has backed the Missionaries of Charity’s decision to close its adoption centres in the country.

The Vatican flag has been raised for the first time at the United Nations Office in Geneva (French report).

John Allen, Fr Raymond J de Souza, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Andrea Gagliarducci, Austen Ivereigh, Robert Kinney, Christopher Lamb, John Lloyd, Sandro Magister, Robert Mickens, Edward Pentin, Rorate Caeli, Elizabeth Scalia, Damian Thompson, Mark Silk and John Thavis comment on the synod.

Andrea Gagliarducci says the Vatican is seeking “custom-fitted” child protection norms for different cultures around the world.

And Sarah Zylstra argues that under Pope Francis the Catholic Church is “looking more … Protestant”.

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