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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/03/17

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered for the Angelus (AP)

Lent is a good time to engage Jesus “in a heart-to-heart conversation”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has criticised politicians “who use the Bible to defend the death penalty”.

Sicilian Archbishop Michele Pennisi has issued a decree forbidding mafia members from being godparents at baptisms.

Josef Mayr-Nusser, who died en route to Dachau after refusing to take the Hitler oath, was beatified on Saturday.

The Cause of Fr Paul Wattson, co-founder of the Franciscan Society of the Atonement, is advancing.

Archbishop Charles Chaput praises the “new alarmism” of Rod Dreher and Anthony Esolen.

And Raymond Schroth suggests that François Ozon’s Frantz may be the most Christian film of the year.

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