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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/12/13

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

By on Thursday, 19 December 2013

Cardinal Kurt Koch (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Schneider, File)

Cardinal Kurt Koch (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Schneider, File)

Both sides in the dispute between Catholics and the Orthodox in Ukraine need to accept “the blame for what happened”, Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch has said.

More than two million people have attended general audiences since Francis’s election in March.

American Bishop Daniel Conlon has taken issue with a New York Times editorial on clerical abuse.

Ed West says Middle Eastern Christians are a crucial bridge between the West and the Islamic world.

Michelangelo Signorile says it’s “idiotic” to proclaim Pope Francis LGBT Person of the Year. Fr Dwight Longenecker responds.

Veteran Argentine journalist José María Poirier offers an insight into Pope Francis’s thinking.

And a Filipino priest has created a computerised device to help deaf people make their Confession.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.