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Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/04/17

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Benedict XVI will mark his 90th birthday “in Bavarian style” today, according to Archbishop Georg Gänswein (Regis Martin, Fr Raymond de Souza).

God chose the Palm Sunday martyrs “to be ambassadors in heaven to pray for us”, Coptic Pope Tawadros II has said.

Illicit Chinese Bishop Zhan Silu has concelebrated an Easter Mass with Bishop Ma Daqin, reports AsiaNews.

A bishop has criticised the Czech government after it delayed granting asylum to Chinese Christians.

John Allen says that Pope Francis’s core themes have rarely “seemed quite as relevant as during Holy Week 2017”.

Matthew Bunson names 50 notable converts of the past century.

And Rome Reports explains why plans to build a church inside the Colosseum never came to fruition.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Monday, April 24.