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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/02/18

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta (CNS)

Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati has welcomed the Pope’s decision to send Archbishop Charles Scicluna to investigate the Barros case (Spanish report).

A nun abducted by Islamists in Mali has appealed for the Pope’s help in a video.

Belgian Cardinal Jozef De Kesel has said he received no complaints about a deacon accused of killing at least six people (French report).

Nigerian bishops have echoed the Pope’s warning about “fake news”.

George Weigel says that “something is broken in Catholicism today”.

Nicole Winfield asks if Francis is ”getting enough of the high-quality briefings one needs to be a world leader”.

And Archbishop Charles Chaput and Cardinal Seán O’Malley have made a bet on this Sunday’s Super Bowl.

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