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Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/01/16

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (AP)

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has urged Orthodox primates to agree “on the principle of inviting” Catholic observers to this year’s pan-Orthodox synod.

Archbishop Jozef De Kesel has been elected president of the Belgian bishops’ conference (French report).

The Catholic League has demanded that a Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman apologise for an “anti-Catholic” tweet.

Massimo Faggioli says a new law on same-sex unions is exposing a deep rift in the Italian Catholic Church.

Harry Farley suggests possible four reasons why Pope Francis is meeting titans of Silicon Valley.

Fr Ray Blake says “a good Lent is one that is planned”.

And the Archdiocese of Bombay has been forced to clarify that its Year of Mercy holy doors “are not magical doors”.

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