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Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/02/16

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address (AP)

Pope Francis called for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty at yesterday’s Angelus (full video).

Fernando Cardenal, a Jesuit priest who defied the Vatican to serve in Nicaragua’s Sandinista government, has died aged 82.

The leak of allegations against Cardinal George Pell “undermines the criminal justice system”, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has said.

Ukrainian Greek Catholics “have their own politicised agenda” and “even the Pope is not an authority to them”, Metropolitan Hilarion has claimed.

John Allen, Janet E Smith, Tim Townsend, David Willey and Fr John Zuhlsdorf weigh up the Pope’s comments about contraception and nuns in the Congo.

Ross Douthat and Matthew Schmitz consider what Pope Francis and Donald Trump have in common.

And Amy Welborn takes a stand against “Popesplaining”.

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