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Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/05/16

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte kisses the Philippine flag during his final campaign rally in Manila (AP)

The new president of the Philippines has said he wants to personally ask Pope Francis to forgive him for calling him a “son of a whore”.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin will visit Ukraine next month “to express the Holy Father’s solidarity with those who are suffering”.

Egypt is “under attack” over the murder of the Italian Giulio Regeni, an Egyptian Catholic Church spokesman has said.

Witnesses have claimed that a statue of the Virgin Mary in Fresno, California, is weeping miraculous tears, reports CNA.

CNA/EWTN News says a papal trip to China now “seems to be less of a dream and more of a possibility”.

Nicholas Köhler profiles the “mysterious letter writer” who became a Catholic after corresponding with Flannery O’Connor.

And Stephen Colbert confesses that he’s jealous of Katie Couric for meeting Pope Francis.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.