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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/12/19

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Pope Francis prayed for those killed in protests in Iraq at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

The German Church has launched its controversial “synodal process”.

The Southern African bishops have issued a pastoral letter deploring violence against women.

The English and Welsh bishops have said that Catholics can’t “watch from the balcony” during this month’s general election (Liz Dodd, full text).

It is the Catholic Church’s “unwavering intention” to seek full communion with the Orthodox, the Pope has said.

Igumen Nektary explains why the Orthodox prepare for Christmas with a “Nativity fast”.

And KV Turley meets Catholic crime novelist Fiorella de Maria.

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