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Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/07/19

Pope Francis poses for a selfie as he greets immigrants and representatives of Caritas Internationalis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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The world is “becoming more elitist and cruel towards the excluded”, Pope Francis has said in a video message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

A man convicted of killing five members of his family has joined Fontgombault Abbey.

The Russian Orthodox Church is reportedly planning to “construct its own Vatican City”.

Mgr Michael Fuchs welcomes the Pope’s “serious intervention” in the German Church’s “synodal path” debate.

Massimo Faggioli argues that Catholicism has “embarked on a long path in the political wilderness”.

Ed Condon says the draft Vatican constitution “represents a consolidation of power in Rome unprecedented in the modern era”.

And Peter Anderson says that the Pope has given the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople a “truly amazing” gift.

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