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Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/12/19

Pope Francis greets victims of the 1945 atomic bombing during a meeting for peace at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (CNS)

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“Nuclear deterrence can only produce the illusion of security,” Pope Francis has said in his 2020 World Day of Peace message (Vatican summary, full text).

The Church in Lebanon is “going to face hard times”, Melkite Archbishop Georges Bacouni has predicted.

A Vatican official has said that linking homosexuality and paedophilia is a “great injustice”.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna will not celebrate public Masses this Christmas.

Colleen Dulle and James Keane ask if the Vatican is “misleading donors to Peter’s Pence”.

Philippa Martyr says that Australia may have “barely 250,000 practising Catholics” by 2049.

And Philip Jenkins argues that this has been an outstanding decade for films about faith.

Due to Christmas deadlines, the next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Monday, December 30.

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