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Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/01/17

Coptic Pope Tawadros II, with Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi (AP)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has promised to build the country’s largest church by 2018.

Irish bishops have decided not to ask the Pope to allow married priests during next week’s ad limina visit.

The Catholic Church is no longer among Argentina’s top 100 most influential institutions, according to a new poll.

Italian police have arrested hackers who allegedly broke into the Vatican’s computer system.

Samuel Gregg and Gavin Mortimer report on the Catholic revival in France.

John Allen asks why Pope Francis isn’t reaching out to critics.

And Jared Zimmerer considers what professional strongmen can teach us about life’s purpose.

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