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Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/01/16

Pope Francis waves to faithful gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday (AP)

In the Year of Mercy we must “make sure that the Gospel becomes ever more incarnate in our own lives”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full video).

The Holy See’s first treaty with the “State of Palestine” has come into effect.

Cardinal John Onaiyekan has urged the Nigerian government to pardon officials involved in money laundering.

Archbishop Eamon Martin has said he is hopeful that Francis will visit Ireland in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families.

John Allen considers whether Vladimir Putin will be the Pope’s biggest “political partner” in 2016.

Bishop-elect Steven Lopes says “history will prove that the ordinariate is a very significant ecumenical gesture” .

And TJ Burdick presents 70 New Year’s resolutions for Catholics.

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