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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/04/19

The faithful reach out to Pope Francis as he leaves the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Centre after celebrating Mass (Getty)

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Pope Francis urged Morocco’s Christian minority to build a “culture of mercy” as he celebrated Mass in Rabat on Sunday (full text, full video).

The Pope has appointed a a French Patristics scholar to oversee SSPX talks (Fr John Zuhlsdorf).

Mexican drug cartels have left a church riddled with bullets.

Egypt has sentenced 30 men for planning a suicide bomb attack on a church.

Shaun McAfee reports on the rebuilding of Nursia.

Nicholas Frankovich argues that “the decline of sound popular theology is reflected in the poor quality of our atheism”.

And David Kirkpatrick asks what’s happened to Leonardo da Vinci’s $450 million painting Salvator Mundi.

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