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Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/01/14

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

By on Friday, 24 January 2014

Orthodox clergy stand between protesters and the police in Kiev (AP)

Orthodox clergy stand between protesters and the police in Kiev (AP)

Ukrainian Greek Catholic priests are praying alongside demonstrators in Kiev as opposition leaders prepare for crisis talks.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has condemned the “brutal and nasty” attacks on protesters in Ukraine.

The Assembly of Québec Catholic Bishops have criticised plans to “legalise euthanasia under the name ‘medical aid in dying’“.

A new study has found that the average new member of a religious order in America is “a 37-year-old cradle Catholic who has three or more siblings“.

Michael Brendan Dougherty says no one seems to care about the “near-annihilation of the world’s most ancient communities of Christians”.

Archbishop Eamon Martin, John Allen, Jeff Mirus, Rocco Palmo, Brian Resnick and Mark Silk reflect on Pope Francis’s World Day for Social Communications message.

And Rick Newman urges billionaires to heed Pope Francis “even if they’re not Catholic“.

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