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Archbishop Paul Gallagher greets Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, in March (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/06/15

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

Pope Francis has spoken about gender (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Differences between male and female are not just social convention, Francis says

Pope Francis (CNS)

We have a responsibility to seek the good and reject the vulgar, says Francis

Ash Wednesday in Manila this year. The bishops have great influence in the strongly Catholic country  (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)

Vote ‘for the right reasons’ and end political dynasties, churchmen plead

Father Frank Pavone (CNS)

The number of abortions has gone down by 12 per cent since 2010

Pope Francis's new encyclical will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources (CNS)

The Archbishop of Huancayo says encyclical released this month will have ‘many critics’

ISIS fighters capture Mosul last year (AP Photo/File)

Syrian Orthodox church of St Ephrem to become ‘mosque of the mujahideen’

Syrian refugee children at the Mrajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp in Jordan form the word "Syria"  (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters)

Region’s Christian leaders choose to meet in Damascus to show their solidarity

Young people in traditional attire take part in a Corpus Christi procession in Witow last week. The country celebrates its conversion next year (CNS photo/Grezegorz Momot, EPA)

English prelate sends message ahead of anniversary of Poland’s conversion

A Russia-backed rebel crosses himself in front of the cross (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

‘The cease-fire is being violated’, Catholic leader says