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Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/02/19

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Pope Francis is said to have declined Nicolás Maduro’s invitation to mediate in Venezuela.

French Catholics have reported 10 acts of desecration or vandalism in the first 11 days of February.

The Church in Portugal has investigated “about a dozen allegations” of clerical abuse since 2001.

Inés San Martín says the abuse crisis “continues to percolate in Pope Francis’s native Argentina”.

Christopher Rhodes explains how Africa is converting China.

Veronica Mary Rolf says that Julian of Norwich has a message for the 21st century.

And Timothy O’Malley urges Catholics to beware of “addiction to the samizdat”.

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