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Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/01/16

Pope Francis will visit the Great Synagogue of Rome on January 17 (AP)

Pope Francis will commemorate the deportation of Rome’s Jews when he visits the city’s main synagogue on Sunday (video).

A Holy Door will be opened on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Saturday.

Plans to impose new transgender rules on schools in Alberta are “totalitarian”, Bishop Fred Henry of Calgary has said.

The number of Austrian Catholics appears to have stabilised, according to new official figures (German report).

Fr Dwight Longenecker explains what the US Episcopal Church’s suspension from the Anglican Communion means for Catholics.

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg distances himself from a German bishops’ conference document on gender released without his knowledge.

And John Cornwell says the Catholic world can be divided into “neats” and “scruffies”.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.