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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/12/17

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Pope Francis is expected to celebrate Mass in Phoenix Park in Dublin next year.

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “is illegal, undermines peace and runs contrary to Christian teachings”, local Church leaders have said.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has congratulated the Rt Rev Sarah Mullally on her appointment as Bishop of London.

Delia Gallagher explains why Pope Francis has never been asked about the dubia in an airborne press conference.

Jordan Grantham charts Malta’s “enormous” contribution to Australian Catholicism.

Thomas Craughwell remembers when John Paul II “restored a previously removed saint” to the Church calendar.

And Mgr Charles Pope reveals the “best Advent hymn ever”.

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