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Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/10/17

Pope Francis with a statue of three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi at the UN FAO headquarters in Rome (CNS)

Population control is a “false solution” to the problem of hunger, Pope Francis told the UN Food and Agriculture Organization yesterday (Inés San Martín, full text, full video).

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has called for an anti-corruption court in South Africa.

Cardinal Joseph Zen has accused Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin of having “a poisoned mind”.

A Nigerian bishop has urged the South Sudanese to stop spreading hatred on social media.

Andrea Gagliarducci asks if Pope Francis is about to change doctrine.

Fr Nonomen is puzzled by “the Zombie Mass” (Fritz Bauerschmidt).

And Paul Almeida argues that St Ignatius of Loyola is “a management hero”.

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