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A priest blesses mass graves of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/12/14

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

The surgery ward in a hospital in Bor, South Sudan (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop says a year-long war has led to a ‘miserable situation’ and badly damaged the country’s infrastructure

Cardinal Dolan (CNS)

Cardinal Dolan told fellow bishops that ‘reforms are necessary’ but that the group’s leader would not co-operate

Pope Francis and Barack Obama talked about Cuba during their meeting at the Vatican in March (Photo: CNS)

One meeting between US and Cuban officials was held at the Vatican

People dance the tango in St Peter's Square to celebrate Pope Francis's  birthday (PA)

Pope Francis is 78 years old today

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope addressed employees of the Italian Catholic bishops’ television station, TV 2000

Pope Francis is reputed for taking a relaxed approach to security (CNS)

Church officials say Francis has asked that there not be any barriers between himself and the faithful

Pope Francis (CNS)

7,000 dancers plan to tango in Rome for Francis’s 78th birthday.

An Olympic venue? (CNS)

St Peter’s Square could be Olympics venue

Archery may be held in Vatican if Rome wins 2024 Olympics bid

A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia (PA)

Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary’s Cathedral, close to where Monday’s siege took place