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Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/12/16

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

We must prepare for Christmas by abandoning the “convenient but misleading … idols of this world”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text).

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has entered the Amoris Laetitia debate (Rorate Caeli).

Patriarch Kirill consecrated a Russian Orthodox church near the Eiffel Tower on Sunday.

The Cause of 15-year-old “computer geek” Carlo Acutis has taken a step forward.

Fr Arturo Sosa says his election as Jesuit superior general is “like a call from the Spirit”.

Daniel Mitsui explains why Gothic art has a special place in the Catholic Church.

And Rembrandt’s work is on show at the Vatican for the first time.

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