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Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/07/14

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

By on Thursday, 3 July 2014

Fr Adolfo Nicolás with Pope Francis in January (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Fr Adolfo Nicolás with Pope Francis in January (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Jesuit superior general Fr Adolfo Nicolás has explained his decision to step down in 2016, saying he wants to retire “when I still retain my senses“.

Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo have urged president Joseph Kabila not to seek re-election in 2016.

The Vatican Congregation for Clergy has approved the statutes of the International Association of Exorcists.

An American diocese has clarified its policy on baptising the children of same-sex couples after what it called “scurrilous” reports.

Archbishop William Goh of Singapore has written a pastoral letter to gay Catholics defending the Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage (full text).

The body of Álvaro del Portillo, the second prelate of Opus Dei, will be displayed in Rome after his beatification on September 27.

And an American woman has said she received a phone call offering condolences after she wrote to Pope Francis about the sudden death of her 25-year-old son.

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