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Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/11/16

Pope Francis talks to cardinals in March (AP)

Pope Francis has decided not to hold a meeting with cardinals ahead of Saturday’s consistory (Michael O’Loughlin, Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman, John Thavis).

Archbishop Charles Chaput has rejected Cardinal-designate Bishop Kevin Farrell’s criticism of his decision to issue pastoral guidelines on Amoris Laetitia in July.

The Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria has reportedly decided to restore female deacons.

Marge Fenelon and Peter Jesserer Smith reflect on the end of the Year of Mercy.

Jeff Mirus and Fr John Zuhlsdorf comment on the four cardinals’ letter to Pope Francis.

Jason Jones argues that Steve Bannon “gave one of the most profound and enlightening talks in recent Vatican history” in 2014 (full text).

And Joe Heschmeyer disputes Leonard Cohen’s claim that he “wasn’t really a religious man”.

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