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Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/03/16

A militia member stands guard in the Iraqi Christian village of Bakufa, 18 miles north of Mosul (AP)

The creation of a Christian militia in Iraq “could lead to another ‘holocaust'”, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has said.

The VatiLeaks trial will resume next week.

Archbishop Želimir Puljić of Zadar has said that the canonisation of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac “should not take long”.

There “seem to be problems in how Rome understands the world”, Ukrainian Bishop Hlib Lonchyna has said.

Jeffrey Miller and Rorate Caeli comment on the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s claim that Pope Francis received “bad advice” about the country’s bishops.

Phil Lawler says that if the American Church grew at the rate of African Catholicism “in 60 or 70 years, pretty much everyone would be Catholic”.

And Brantly Millegan celebrates the “stunningly beautiful” contemporary Catholic art of Sheila Diemert.

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