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Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/10/18

Pope Francis pictured earlier the same day in Saint Peter's Square, during his Angelus Sunday prayer on June 24. (Vincenzo PINTO/ AFP)

Pope Francis prayed that future generations will hear “the call to collaborate in the mission of the Church” at yesterday’s Angelus (full video).

The global Catholic population grew by 14,249,000 in 2016, according to new Vatican statistics.

The Russian Orthodox Church may suspend services in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre because of its dispute with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Robert Mickens argues that the youth synod is “a single step on a much longer and transformative journey”.

David Mulroney says Chinese Catholics are “waiting anxiously” for details of the Rome-Beijing deal.

Kenneth Woodward highlights the “danger of clerical double lives”.

And Rome Reports meets a seminarian who was formerly a champion runner.

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