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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/05/17

Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II attend an ecumenical prayer service in Cairo (CNS)

The World Council of Churches has called the Catholic-Coptic Orthodox declaration on baptism a “sign of hope”.

Irish Catholics are tired of being “unfairly under attack as they live out their faith”, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said.

Pro-life activists are “doing the best possible work”, the Pope has reportedly told the Croatian leader of 40 Days for Life.

Emile Amin says the papal visit to Egypt should inspire leaders to “clear the dust off ties between East and West”.

James Carroll argues that world events have turned Pope Francis into “a global tribune of human aspiration”.

Clare Giangravè says the Vatican bank will benefit from having “a true American money-man” on its supervisory board.

And John Clark names the book CS Lewis least enjoyed writing.

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