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Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/05/17

More than a million refugees have fled the civil war in South Sudan (AP)

As many as 16,000 people have sought shelter in a cathedral compound in war-torn South Sudan.

Nuclear weapons offer “a false sense of security”, the Holy See’s representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.

Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, primate of the Syriac Orthodox Church, has publicly forgiven four bishops who accused him of “betrayal of faith”.

A Vatican official has praised Ghana’s “stable democracy”.

Sandro Magister says Pope Francis has a Masonic “fan club” even though he is “profoundly hostile to Freemasonry”.

Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman describes how the English Benedictine hood was almost lost to history.

And a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has launched a “sports flash mob” on Facebook.

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