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Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/08/17

A Venezuelan opposition activist is backdropped by a burning barricade during a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas (Getty Images)

The Venezuelan bishops’ headquarters has been ransacked by an unidentified mob.

Chinese officials have reportedly abandoned plans to demolish a Catholic church after local protests.

Government forces have retaken a cathedral in Marawi City after 95 days of fighting.

A Spanish bishop has apologised after a statue of the Hindu deity Ganesh was paraded in a cathedral.

Fr John Baldovin SJ, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Gregory Hillis and Michael Sean Winters comment on the Pope’s liturgy speech.

Joshua McElwee says the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “appears to have gone nearly silent”.

And Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble says there’s “an old, old song” beneath the surface of Taylor Swift’s new single.

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