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Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/04/19

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Opposing Benedict XVI to Pope Francis is a “false game”, Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said.

The general secretary of the Indian Bishops’ Conference has denounced the murder of a Christian by “cow protectors”.

Bishop Silvio Báez has urged Nicaraguans to “fight for freedom” before his departing to Rome for security reasons.

Chinese authorities have reportedly razed a Catholic Church building in Shaanxi.

John Allen, Fr Guillaume de Menthière, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Alexandra DeSanctis, Ross Douthat, Rod Dreher, Constance Grady, Sam Guzman, Robert Hardman, Daniel Johnson, Elizabeth Lev, Clemente Lisi, Douglas Murray, Fr Thomas Reese SJ, Steve Skojec, Fr Hugh Somerville Knapman and Fr Ed Tomlinson reflect on the fire at Notre Dame.

Keith Windschuttle notes similarities between an abuse case reported by Rolling Stone in 2011 and the testimony that convicted Cardinal Pell.

And composer Ennio Morricone has received a Pontifical Gold Medal.

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The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Wednesday, April 24.