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Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/08/17

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, during the meeting with nuncios (CNS)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin will not discuss a papal visit to Russia when he visits Moscow next week (Iacopo Scaramuzzi).

The Trump administration is reportedly “poised” to overturn the Obama era’s contraceptive mandate.

Maltese Bishop Mario Grech has described a surge in drug use at village feasts as “diabolical”.

Joan Frawley Desmond reports on the plight of a Catholic farmer barred from a market for opposing same-sex marriage.

Victor Gaetan says the Knights of Columbus are making a “tremendous” contribution towards persecuted Middle Eastern Christians.

Fr Dwight Longenecker asks if converts should shut up.

And Jennifer Minicus detects anti-Catholic bias in children’s books.

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