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Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/09/19

Pope Francis arrives for Mass in Antananarivo (CNS)

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Pope Francis prayed at yesterday’s Angelus that Our Lady would “accompany the journey of Madagascar in peace and hope”.

The Eritrean government has reportedly seized Catholic schools.

The Archbishop of Madrid has refused permission for Franco to be reburied in the crypt of Almudena Cathedral (Spanish report).

John Allen says the University of Notre Dame is gathering “a virtually unprecedented ensemble” to discuss the abuse crisis.

Robert Royal argues that the Amazon synod is bringing “additional confusion to an already troubled subject”.

John Grondelski reviews George Weigel’s The Irony of Modern Catholic History (James Chappel).

And pilot-priest Fr Scott Garrett describes his mission to Alaska.

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