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Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/12/15

A Christmas tree frames Pope Francis as he delivers his Angelus address (AP)

The Year of Mercy “is a pressing invitation to open our hearts and welcome the salvation which God incessantly, almost stubbornly, offers us”, Pope Francis said at the Angelus yesterday (full text, full video).

Benedict XVI will attend the launch of the Holy Year on Tuesday.

The Vatican has asked PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct the first external audit of its assets.

Cardinal Angelo Amato has beatified three European priests killed by the Shining Path in Peru in 1991.

Joseph Pronechen asks if St Faustina Kowalska will be proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in the Year of Mercy.

John Allen predicts that Pope Francis will be forced “to take some time off” in 2016.

And a new calendar featuring Orthodox priests and their cats is being snapped up in Russia.

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