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Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/09/19

A tract of the Amazon jungle in Porto Velho, Brazil, burns as it is cleared by loggers and farmers (CNS)

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Bishop Erwin Kräutler has described the Amazon fires as a “true apocalypse”.

The Pope has ordered officials to tackle the Vatican’s soaring budget deficit (Shawn Carter).

A priest captured by Islamists in the Philippines has revealed that he was forced to make bombs under threat of torture.

The Economist argues that Africa is “difficult terrain for a liberal pontiff”.

Michael Kelly says that for “the first time in more than 40 years, Ireland will not have a vote in a papal conclave”.

Sandro Magister deplores the “amazingly sloppy composition” of recent Vatican texts.

And Ian Thomson meets the “boyish” composer Arvo Pärt.

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