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Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/01/14

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

By on Thursday, 30 January 2014

A child walks in the aisle during a Mass in northern China (CNS)

A child walks in the aisle during a Mass in northern China (CNS)

The Chinese government is still intent on “enslaving” the Catholic Church, despite hopes raised by Pope Francis’s election, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said.

Rebels have looted a Catholic cathedral in South Sudan “at gunpoint”, a local Church leader has said.

The Archdiocese of Boston raised around $1m (£600,000m, €730,000m) more in its annual appeal in 2013 than in 2012.

Gay people should not be “tagged as criminals”, a senior Indian Catholic official has said.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has hailed Benedict XVI as “a master of communication”.

Mgr Giuliano Gallorini explains how he sorts through letters to Pope Francis from all over the world.

And the Catholic News Agency talks to the creator of the now removed Pope Francis superhero graffiti image (video).

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