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Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/02/17

Pope Francis celebrates Mass marking the World Day for Consecrated Life (CNS)

Consecrated men and women are called to “put Jesus in the midst of his people”, Pope Francis said at Mass in St Peter’s Basilica yesterday (full text, short video, full video).

The Order of Malta crisis will be seen as “a marginal event in history”, reinstated Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager has said.

The Society of St Pius X and the Vatican may be reconciled on May 13 or July 7, reports Rorate Caeli.

The Speaker of Slovenian parliament has suggested that the Holy See could mediate a border dispute with Croatia.

Aryeh Neier explores why it’s taken so long to bring Blessed Oscar Romero’s killers to justice.

Leah Libresco says the American Church’s most pressing challenge is “leaky roofs and aging priests”, rather than “hot-button political and cultural issues”.

And Bishop Robert Barron reflects on his encounter with stand-up comedian Dave Rubin (video part one, part two).

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