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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/03/18

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

A crucifix “is not an ornamental object or clothing accessory”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

The Pope has reportedly refused to accept Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga’s resignation as Archbishop of Tegucicalpa after he turned 75 (Italian report).

A Polish archbishop has expressed “great pain and regret” after a priest wished publicly for Pope Francis’s death.

Francis has apologised to Argentines who “may feel offended” by his gestures.

The Vatican’s verdict on Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron is a “monumental marker in our journey toward healing”, Archbishop Michael Byrnes has said.

Robert Mickens and Philip Pullella analyse “Lettergate”.

And Angelo Jesus Canta asks if Catholic memes are part of the new evangelisation.

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