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Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/11/16

Vladimir Putin congratulates Patriarch Kirill on his 70th birthday in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow (AP)

Pope Francis has given Patriarch Kirill a relic of St Francis of Assisi as a 70th birthday present.

The Russian Orthodox Patriarch has said he is willing to “further work” with the Holy See on securing peace in Syria.

Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako has announced his retirement as Archbishop of Khartoum.

A new pastoral letter from the bishops of Washington State tells the stories of the poor (full text).

Rocco Buttiglione, Phil Lawler, Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman, Bishop Fragkiskos Papamanolis, Cardinal Joseph Tobin and Fr John Zuhlsdorf discuss the four cardinals’ dubia.

Bishop Robert Barron argues that we should address Jesus as “Thou”.

And Joaquin Phoenix will play Jesus in the forthcoming film Mary Magdalene.

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