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Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/04/16

Francis has reportedly promised to extend the validity of confessions heard by SSPX priests (CNS)

Pope Francis has reportedly promised to extend the validity of confessions heard by SSPX priests beyond the Year of Mercy.

Kenya is in the grip of the “malignant disease” of corruption, the country’s bishops have declared.

Amoris Laetitia is “a precious gift” for the Asian Church, Cardinal Oswald Gracias has said.

Cardinal Raymond Burke identifies “the only key to the correct interpretation of Amoris Laetitia”.

Ross Douthat explains “why the description of Catholic marriage as an ‘ideal'” is troubling.

Owen Bennett-Jones visits a Christian militia fighting ISIS in Iraq.

And Sandro Magister profiles the “crafty” Jesuit who “is everything” for Pope Francis.

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