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Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/10/19

Cardinal Becciu (CNS)

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Cardinal Angelo Becciu has denied “slanderous charges” that he “played with and tampered with the money of the poor”.

A priest kidnapped in Nigeria’s Enugu State has been released unharmed.

Fr Gilfredo Marengo has been named vice president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome.

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza has urged the faithful to “run to the confessional” ahead of All Saints and All Souls.

Fr Daniel Horan argues that St John Henry Newman would be “deeply pleased” by the Amazon synod’s final document (Sergio Centofanti).

Fr Neil Xavier O’Donoghue says Pope Francis has “cast some doubt” on the proposed Amazonian Rite.

And Ryan Scheel, Ryan DellaCrosse, and Fr Rich Pagano discuss the Catholic origins of Halloween (podcast).

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