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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/10/16

The US bishops attend the opening Mass of a plenary assembly in St Louis (Chris Lee/St Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

The US bishops will discuss rising violence at their plenary meeting next month.

The new Jesuit superior general has said he doesn’t like to be called the “Black Pope” (Austen Ivereigh).

Thai bishops have urged the faithful to pray for a year for the country’s late king.

Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte has said that being abused by a priest as a child shaped his whole political outlook.

Fr Bernardo Cervellera defends AsiaNews against the “self-appointed ‘infallible interpreters’ of the Pope”.

Anthony Annett, Rick Garnett and John Halpin comment on the WikiLeaks “Catholic Spring” emails.

And Russian Orthodox faithful have given Patriarch Kirill a “bat-eared” puppy during his visit to London.

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