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Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/09/17

Bishop Jean-Marie Benoît Bala of Bafia

The grave of the reputedly murdered Bishop Jean Marie Benoît Balla has been desecrated.

A priest has been kidnapped and killed in Nigeria.

Hong Kong Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung has said that the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association doesn’t seem “poised to write itself off”.

Andrea Gagliarducci explains why this pontificate “sets its gaze toward the East”.

Bishop Robert Barron contrasts grace and karma.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf considers whether a pope can name his successor.

And rapping nun Sister Maria Valentina de los Angeles is preparing to welcome the Pope to Colombia (video).

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.