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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/12/16

Pope Francis gestures during his Angelus address (AP)

At yesterday’s Angelus, Pope Francis urged Catholics to “find a moment to pause, to have a bit of silence” before Christmas (full text, full video).

The Holy Father discussed the protection of Christian minorities with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday.

The Vatican has confirmed that the Pope will visit Fatima on May 12-13.

An Indian priest who set a world record for writing books on moral theology has died aged 82.

Austen Ivereigh, Fr Raymond de Souza, Rocco Palmo and Paul Vallely reflect on Pope Francis at 80.

John Allen, Phil Lawler and Fr Gerald Murray comment on the dubia debate.

And an exhibition in Rome has gathered 150 of the world’s most striking Nativity scenes.

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