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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/09/19

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The race to take top place “hurts the community, both civil and ecclesial”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

Cardinal George Alencherry has been “permanently stripped administrative power” in his Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of a Catholic priest.

John Allen says the Vatican’s “Ironic Employment Division” has triumphed again.

Robin Gomes previews this week’s papal visit to Africa.

Nicholas Senz asks if some in the hierarchy “value manners over morals”.

And Deacon Stephen Greydanus reviews a film that’s “impossible even to write about without crying”.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.