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Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/12/18

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Pope Francis has approved new legislation governing Vatican City State.

Healthcare professionals must not “be forced either to participate in abortion or to refer patients to others for abortion”, Ireland’s bishops have said.

A team of students is searching Rome for the remains of the first native Filipino bishop.

Valeria Perasso explores the “upsurge” in consecrated virgins.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian says the Holy See-China deal offers an “object lesson in the costs of doing business with Beijing” (Francesco Sisci).

Moisés Naím compares the Vatican to FIFA.

And Ross Kenneth Urken meets “the last true Knight of Malta” in Malta.

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