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Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/12/19

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As little as 10 per cent of Peter’s Pence donations are spent on charitable works, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Iraq’s Christian leaders have “unanimously cancelled Christmas-related celebrations”.

Turkey’s Armenian Church has elected a new patriarch amid claims of government interference.

John Allen and Sandro Magister comment on Cardinal Tagle’s Vatican appointment.

Ryan Dagur reports on an abuse scandal in the Indonesian Church.

Chad Pecknold says events are “vindicating” critics of the Vatican-China deal.

And Deacon Steven Greydanus and Andrew Zwerneman reflect on Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life.

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