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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/01/19

Cardinal John Tong Hon walks through St Peter's Square in 2013 (CNS)

A daily guide to what's happening in the Catholic Church

Retired Cardinal John Tong has been named apostolic administrator of Hong Kong diocese after the death of Bishop Michael Yeung (Charles Collins).

Vietnamese authorities have reportedly bulldozed Catholic homes.

Inés San Martín reports on a “dramatic” abuse scandal at an Argentine monastery.

Fr Raymond de Souza argues that Pope Francis has more to fear from his “most enthusiastic friends” than his enemies.

Bishop Paul Swarbrick proposes “an occasional simple service to bless our mobiles and PCs”.

Eve Tushnet says she’s “not convinced the confessional is there to make us act better”.

And Kathy Schiffer asks if the Church Fathers were the first Catholics.

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