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Russia has the second highest abortion rate in the world (PA)

Russian Orthodox diocese declared January 11 a ‘day of silence without abortions’

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the Society of St Pius X (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/01/17

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Pope Francis at Mass on January 1. What will 2017 bring? (CNS)

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Yu Zhengsheng, a member of China's Politburo Standing Committee (AP)

Yu Zhengsheng said Catholics should ‘adhere to the Sinicisation path of the religion’

Cross-bearers process into the church during a Christmas Eve mass in 2015 at the Southern Cathedral, an officially-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing, China (AP)

The Vatican said the presence of the bishop at an ordination ‘created turmoil among Chinese Catholics’

Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/12/16

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Pope Francis prays on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/12/16

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How far to compromise? The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing (AP)

Rome’s dangerous gamble in China

Historic talks between Vatican and Beijing could unify the Church in China but critics say a deal with an atheist government would ‘betray Christ’

Uncertain future: a child peers through a gate at Beijing’s Wangfujing Catholic Church (AP)

The Church has faced state interference with bishop appointments long before China – now is not the moment to bow to political pressure

More than 1,000 Burmese Catholics fled to China before the bombing took place (CNS)

Church bombed as tensions between state military and ethnic groups in northern Burma escalate