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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/02/18

A child peers through a gate at Beijing’s Wangfujing Catholic Church (AP)

A Vatican-China deal on bishops “could be signed in a few months”, reports Reuters (Wall Street Journal, UCAN).

Pope Francis has denounced corruption in his latest prayer video.

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, is holding talks with excommunicated members of Call to Action.

Christopher Lamb reports on a new power struggle within the Order of Malta.

Massimo Faggioli and Ross Douthat debate Pope Francis (full video, report).

Joseph Bernstein profiles Fr John Zuhlsdorf.

And Colleen Dulle hails “French Dorothy Day” Madeleine Delbrêl.

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