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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/12/17

The headquarters of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) the Vatican's bank (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Vatican bank’s deputy director general was “escorted outside the Vatican and removed from his position” on Monday (video).

Pope Francis ordained 16 priests in Bangladesh earlier today.

Orthodox Christians and Catholics should “evaluate, even critically, some theological categories and practices which evolved during the second millennium”, the Pope has said in a message to the Ecumenical Patriarch.

We must “slow down a little” this Advent, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said.

Steve Skojec says an anonymous critique of Francis is causing a stir in Rome.

Cathleen Kaveny suggests that most Catholics who oppose relaxing Communion rules “are neither heartless nor unmerciful”.

And Patti Armstrong offers “20 holy hacks”.

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