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Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/10/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

MSPs gather at Holyrood (Photo: PA)

Abortion law to be devolved to Scotland

David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, says he cannot see a ‘convincing reason’ against devolution

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal says process can only be shortened with the explicit consent of both parties

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope says God’s love is not reserved to those who follow the Commandments

Protestors outside a Planned Parenthood clinic  (AP)

Director of Priests for Life says the gesture is meaningless

Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo (CNS)

Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo was speaking at the launch an Aid to the Church in Need report

Cardinals Thomas Collins of Toronto and Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela, talk as they arrive for a synod session (CNS)

Most of the synod’s 13 working groups have asked for a greater use of Scripture in the synod’s text

Assyrians in Lebanon protest the destruction of their community. ISIS have released 50 people, it is reported  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Some 185 remain prisoners of the terrorists, according to news agency

Cardinal George Pell (CNS)

Cardinal Pell says synod fathers have no power to ‘relativise the objective truths of the Catholic faith’

Archbishop Tomash Peta (Life Site News)

A Kazakhstani archbishop has said that the Church must defend Christ’s teaching on marriage