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Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/08/16

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

Patriarch Aphrem II of the Syriac Orthodox Church has urged Western governments to tighten border controls to curb movement of terrorists

Archbishop Welby with Pope Francis (AP)

The archbishop was asked by a child who would win if Pope Francis went head to head with him

Caitlin Dooley’s parents thought there was no hope – but now they say her astounding recovery coincided with the relic being brought to hospital

Mgr Lucio Vallejo Balda was convicted of leaking documents to Italian journalists

Objectors to assisted suicide law (PA/Andrew Milligan)

Judge Daniel Ottolia said it would cause ‘additional pain’ for patients if the bill was put on hold

Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin (AP Photo/Stefano Rellandini, Pool)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin said there said there are ‘many hopes and expectations for new developments’ in diplomacy

Cardinal Turkson made the comments in a keynote address for World Water Week in Stockholm

Pope Francis

In a video message, the Holy Father said mercy is not just a ‘theory’ but something we live by remembering our own sins

Patriarch Sako said Christians are waiting for governments and religious authorities to work together to ‘confront and dismantle terrorism’