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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/07/19

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi (Photo: CNS)

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Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi has described Jared Kushner’s Middle East peace plan as “the slap of the century”.

Armed gangs are “sowing death and desolation” in the eastern Congo, the country’s bishops have said.

Belgium’s bishops have issued guidelines on pastoral care before euthanasia.

A French civil court has for the first time forbidden a priest to exercise his ministry.

Irish newspapers have printed an apology for publishing a false story about seminary sex scandal in Rome.

Andrea Gagliarducci argues that the Church “is just 50 years out of date”, rather than 200.

And Steven Graydanus explains how St Paul VI helped Franco Zeffirelli to become the director of Jesus of Nazareth.

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