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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte campaigning earlier this year (AP)

Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his belief that three children should be the maximum number for families

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, centre, president of the Philippines bishops' conference (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/06/16

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Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope delivered a video message to participants at the Sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty

A man enters Pfizer's world headquarters, in New York (AP)

Pfizer has said it will restrict the availability of drugs that might be used to make compounds for lethal injections to US government agencies

Pope Francis delivers his message from his studio window yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Rome is currently hosting an international convention for the abolition of death penalty

Protesters comfort each before the execution of Kelly Gissendaner in Georgia (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/09/15

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In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Pope Francis meets Argentine Lidia Guerrero in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Lidia Guerrero is hopeful Pope Francis will put across her son’s case when he visits the United States next month

Sister Helen Prejean (CNS)

Sister Helen Prejean has met with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev five times since March

A campaigner stands outside the federal courthouse in Boston. Below, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, centre, in a courtroom sketch (Photo: PA)

Massachusetts bishops say defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘will never again have the ability to cause harm’

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope has issued a letter in which he describes capital punishment as ‘cruel, inhumane and degrading’