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Pope Francis visits the San Carlo Community, a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation centre in the outskirts of Rome (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)

Francis made a surprise appearance at the San Carlo Community in Rome

Pope Francis is presented with the Book of Gospels (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/12/15

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Bad should not mean illegal

The war on drugs has failed, and more and more nations are realising it

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (AP)

Drugs trafficker Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman escaped from a maximum-security prison on Saturday

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman pictured after his arrest in 2014 - he has now escaped from a maximum security prison (PA)

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, Mexico’s most powerful drugs baron, has escaped for the second time

Mexicans protest for an end to the carnage in their country (PA)

Don Winslow’s depiction of Mexico’s drugs war is bloody, brutal and brilliant

Mark Wahlberg arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Entourage (Photo: PA)

Hollywood star says he prays and tries to go to church every day

Pope Francis, pictured this week, condemned the 'scourge' of drugs  (PA)

Francis criticises attempts to legalise drugs as he addresses enforcement agencies

Francis holds the monstrance at yesterday's Corpus Christi celebration (AP)

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Fr Ray Blake appraisal of his work with the poor has upset the consciences of those who have not let the needy near them (CNS)

If Fr Ray stops blogging, it will be a victory for the worst kind of censorship