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Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/06/16

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, centre, president of the Philippines bishops' conference (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Archbishop Socrates Villegas has said he will petition Rodrigo Duterte not to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines.

Organisers have postponed a synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Beirut because of internal divisions.

Churches in California will be forced to cover abortions in healthcare plans, reports the Catholic News Agency.

Armenia has said it will ask the Pope for access to historic documents in the Vatican’s Secret Archives.

Mark Shea says the Pope’s comments about marriage were simply the observation of a pastor on pastoral reality” (Robert Mickens, Edward Peters).

George Weigel confesses to being an elitist.

And Kathy Schiffer presents a personal Index of Forbidden Books.

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