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Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/07/17

Pro-ISIS graffiti in the city of Marawi, where Fr Teresito Suganob was seized by Islamists in May (Getty)

The Marawi conflict is not religious, the Catholics Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has declared (full text).

The administration of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem needs a “major radical rethink”, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa has said.

Pope Francis has reportedly backed the beatification of Blaise Pascal (French report).

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has suggested that exorcism can help the mentally ill.

The Best Thing I Read Today blog offers an unofficial translation of the new apostolic letter Maiorem Hac Dilectionem (John Allen).

Archbishop Joseph Naumann says that Pope Francis has made the teaching role of bishops “more complicated”.

And the Vatican has released a documentary capturing the “wave of emotion” during the Year of Mercy.

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