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Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/01/15

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

Thousands see Sri Lanka’s first saint canonised by Pope Francis in Colombo

The Pope was speaking shortly after arriving at Colombo airport this morning

Francis was speaking at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall during the first day of his papal visit

Open Doors International said 2014 had the highest level of global persecution of Christians in the modern era

Archbishop Eamon Martin says says Church will put forward ‘a robust defence of the right to life’

Photos of alleged captives posted on Islamist internet forum

Pope Francis begins papal visit with speech delivered in English at Colombo airport

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called on the international community to help stop the Islamist advance in Nigeria

Money will be used to support and train clergy to help people afflicted with the virus