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Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/02/16

Vladimir Putin congratulates Patriarch Kirill on the anniversary of his enthronement on February 1 (AP)

The joint declaration that Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis will sign tomorrow was agreed “late last night”, Interfax has reported.

The Catholic Church in Brazil has rejected a UN appeal for the country to relax its abortion laws in response to the Zika virus.

The Pope has invited a group of divorced and remarried Catholics to a private audience.

Andrea Gagliarducci, Ivan Plis, Philip Pullella and Maria Tsvetkova, Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein, and Caroline Wyatt preview tomorrow’s historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill.

Marie Collins explains why she didn’t vote for Peter Saunders to take a “leave of absence” from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Rocco Palmo says there “a palpably small number” of missionaries of mercy “given the Catholic world’s 4,000-odd dioceses”.

And actor Joseph Fiennes explains why he “cried like a baby” when he met Pope Francis.

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