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Politburo Standing Committee members Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. China does not let the Pope choose his bishops (Photo: PA)

China scraps one-child family policy

The ruling Communist Party has called time on the controversial policy amid concerns over its ageing population

Prime Minister David Cameron meeting President Xi in Beijing in 2013 (PA)

China continues to persecute Christians, but our hypocritical government will do nothing to hold President XI to account during his state visit

Francis gestures to inmates in a Philadelphia prison next to the wooden chair they made for his visit (AP)

China’s President Xi Jinping made his own visit to the US last week

Dissident leader Berta Soler, left, in Santa Rita church in Havana (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/08/15

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Rescuers stand near damaged vehicles close to the site of the explosions in Tianjin (CNS)

The Tianjin Diocesan Social Service Centre provided 60 volunteers to assist in the emergency response to last week’s explosions

The Very Rev Andrew McLellan has led the inquiry into the Church's handling of abuse cases in Scotland (PA)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/08/15

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Chinese Catholics pray during a 2014 Mass in Beijing (CNS)

Bishop Joseph Wei Jingyi says ordinations are example of the government tightening its control over the Church.

Choristors sing at a Mass in Shenyang, China (Photo: CNS)

Ordination Mass drew 1,400 people, with an extra 500 turned away by authorities

Worshippers at a Catholic church in Taiyuan, China (CNS)

China’s anti-Christian campaign must be kept in the public eye and we must implore our politicians to do more

Francis uses a tablet computer yesterday to sign himself up for next year's World Youth Day in Poland (AP)

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