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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/02/16

Pope Francis arrives for an audience with nuns and priests in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican (AP)

The Pope urged religious not to “drop a gossip bomb” in a speech marking the end of the Year of Consecrated Life yesterday.

A bill recognising same-sex unions is “fundamentally against the Italian constitution”, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis has said.

Three Coptic Christians are expected to stand trial in Egypt this week accused of insulting Islam.

Allan Turner profiles Bishop-elect Steven Lopes, who will be installed as head of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter today.

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi says he is surprised that “neo-Malthusian environmentalists” were asked to work on the encyclical Laudato Si’.

Stephen Klugewicz names the 10 greatest Requiems ever written.

And Pope Francis is about to make his big-screen debut in a family adventure film.

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