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Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/01/19

The annual procession of the Black Nazarene statue in Manila (Getty)

More than five million people have attended the annual procession of the Black Nazarene in the Philippines.

Construction will begin on the first new church in Turkey since 1923 next month.

Europe’s bishops have urged EU nations to accept their “responsibility to ensure that newcomers are rescued when stranded at sea”.

Tulsi Gabbard deplores attacks on judicial nominee Brian Buescher’s “Catholicism and affiliation with the Knights of Columbus” (Archbishop Charles Chaput).

Li Ruohan argues that the Holy See is in danger of “repeating past mistakes” in China (Marco Respinti).

Peter Hitchens says that Franco was not “the preserver of Christian Spain”.

And “pilot bishop” Luciano Capelli describes his mission in the South Pacific.

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