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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/07/17

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

A Filipino bishop has criticised President Duterte’s plan to extend martial law in Marawi (

Germany’s independent commissioner on abuse has urged Cardinal Gerhard Müller to apologise for mishandling the Regensburger Domspatzen scandal.

Pope Francis has made a surprise call to an Argentine rubbish collector who lost both legs in an accident.

Today is the 75th anniversary of Dutch bishops’ pastoral letter on the deportation of Jews.

Marco Tosatti explains why he doesn’t always trust Vatican denials.

Dana Milbank argues that Callista Gingrich’s nomination as US ambassador to the Holy See “stinks to high heaven” (Michael O’Loughlin).

And Charles Camosy says that Louis CK has found an “absolutely astonishing” way to stir consciences on abortion.

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