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Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/01/18

The statue of St Peter outside St Peter’s Basilica (CNS)

The Vatican has appointed a papal commissioner to oversee the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae.

The Church must reflect on how it accompanies same-sex couples “pastorally and liturgically”, the vice president of the German bishops’ conference has said.

Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan has said that “politics is not supposed to be aimed at gaining power for selfish interest”.

Edward Pentin names the “senior Curial officials who are well past retirement age and expected to step down this year”.

Peter Kwasniewski argues that “50 years of desacralisation” paved the way for Amoris Laetitia.

Tim Gabrielli asks if “liturgical advocates of various stripes” can find “common ground” in promoting silence.

And more than 2,000 of Rome’s homeless, refugees and prisoners will attend a circus performance today, courtesy of Pope Francis.

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