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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/10/16

An episcopal ordination in Xuzhou, China (AP)

China and the Holy See will seek “to finalise a deal on the ordination of bishops” at a meeting in Rome this month, reports Reuters.

Political dialogue must continue in Venezuela despite serious difficulties, Cardinal-designate Baltazar Porras Cardozo has said.

Ioannis Kourempeles has become the first Orthodox winner of the Ratzinger Prize.

Rocco Palmo says last night’s Al Smith Dinner turned from the “usual lightly barbed jokefest into something of a horror show”.

Gerard O’Connell explains why Pope Francis “sees the possibility of a new springtime for the Church” in Asia.

Bishop Robert Barron says there’s a problem with “you-go-girl” feminist culture.

And the Augustinian Recollects have presented Pope Francis with a depiction of drowned refugee Aylan Kurdi as Jesus.

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