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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/01/17

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin (CNS)

The Holy See remains optimistic about the chances of a breakthrough deal with China, Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said at Davos (Vatican Radio report, video).

Cardinal John Onaiyekan has criticised security forces for failing to rescue a priest kidnapped more than a year ago.

Edward Pentin reports on “a mysterious 120-million Swiss Franc ($118 million) donation” connected to the Vatican-Order of Malta dispute.

Fr Francisco Lopez Sedano reveals what he’s learned from performing more than 6,000 exorcisms.

Samuel Gregg argues that Pope Francis has bought into “the myth that a radical capitalist ideology has sunk deep roots across the planet”.

Greg Daly, Fr Joseph Levine, Fr Dwight Longenecker, Fr Michael Rogers SJ, Luma Simms and Scott Smith debate Amoris Laetitia.

And German authorities have fined an artist for doing press-ups on an altar in a Catholic basilica.

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