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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/02/18

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims gathered for his Angelus address (AP)

At yesterday’s Angelus, Pope Francis urged “all young people” to take part in preparations for October’s synod (full text, full video).

Mary Ann Glendon has resigned from the board of the Vatican bank.

Paul VI will be canonised this year, the Pope has confirmed.

Catherine Pepinster says that five years after Francis’s election “grave problems” remain in the Church.

David Agren profiles the bishop who negotiates with Mexican drug bosses.

Ed Condon notes that “an ever-growing number of key Vatican officials are carrying on well past their terms”.

And Mickey Rourke pays tribute to the priest who saved his life.

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