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Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/11/18

Blase Cupich in Rome in 2016, shortly before being made a cardinal (CNS)

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The Holy See’s request that the US bishops not vote on abuse-related measures was “disappointing”, Cardinal Blase Cupich has said.

Human bones found in the apostolic nunciature to Italy are reportedly more than a century old.

A new study has found that 53 per cent of Belgians identify as Catholic and 9 per cent are practising (French report).

The blood of St Januarius has reportedly liquefied in the hands of Ukrainian Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Clerical abuse should result in “automatic excommunication”, Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg has suggested.

Joanna Bogle says the Church can “can provide healing and hope” for children struggling with gender issues.

And Shawn Tribe explores the “powerful tradition” of unbleached beeswax candles.

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