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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/03/17

People look at a painting of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero at the cathedral in San Salvador (CNS)

The Church in El Salvador has recognised a miracle attributed to Blessed Oscar Romero’s intercession.

We must rethink the concept of “the validity or invalidity of ordination” in pursuit of Christian unity, Vatican Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio has said (Fr John Zuhlsdorf).

Just two per cent of Russians will follow strict Orthodox fasting rules this Lent.

Robert Moynihan argues that the “dominant, widely accepted narrative” about Pope Francis is “broken”.

Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig suggests that Rod Dreher is wrong “to abandon modernity altogether” in The Benedict Option.

Gus Hardy explains how serving as a Jesuit volunteer at a homeless shelter helps him in his struggle with autism.

And Matt Hadro recalls the monks who lived solely on beer in Lent.

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