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Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/01/18

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis has praised the people of Chile and Peru for “the love that you have for those who are discarded by society” ahead of next week’s papal visit.

Circumstances may “require” married couples to use contraception, a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life has said (Josef Seifert, Massimo Faggioli).

One of Cardinal George Pell’s accusers has died of leukaemia.

Cardinal George Alencherry has apologised for “technical lapses” in controversial land deals.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin explains why he thinks the commission on women deacons is “is going to be credible”.

Fr Romanus Cessario defends Pius IX’s treatment of Edgardo Mortara (Rod Dreher, PJ Smith).

And Stephen Bullivant says the Hillbilly Thomists’ debut album is “bluegrass perfection”.

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