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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/08/16

Pope Francis: 'It is unacceptable that so many innocent people … must pay the price for this conflict' (AP)

Syrian children are paying the price for “the lack of desire for peace by the powerful”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

The Philippines is in danger of becoming a “killing fields nation” under President Duterte, Archbishop Socrates Villegas has said (full text).

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has denied that is planning to create a “parallel jurisdiction” in Ukraine.

Ross Douthat examines the “duelling interpretations” of Fr Jacques Hamel’s murder.

Pete Baklinski profiles a woman inspired by Mother Teresa to fight forced abortion in China (video).

Joseph Pronechen reports on little-known apparitions of St Joseph in Brazil in the 1990s.

And Daniel Blackman describes the moment a couple got engaged at World Youth Day in Kraków.

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