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Patriarch Kirill: Catholics and Orthodox believers 'defend the same values both in public and in private life' (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/12/15

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

40 Days for Life hold a vigil outside the BPAS clinic in Bedford Square (PA)
Pope Francis meets with young people at the Kololo airstrip in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday (AP)

Pope Francis has spoken out about the ‘erosion of the faith’ in Germany, while showing clear support for Africa’s Church of the poor

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, left, talks with Cardinal Robert Sarah at the Synod (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

African Catholics ‘accept simple answers to difficult questions’, says editor of Katholisch.de

In an earlier meeting Pope Francis greets Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the German bishops' conference former president (Photo: CNS)

Francis says he hopes Year of Mercy can revive Confession and a better understanding of the Eucharist

A Church of the poor?  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Is the Church rich? It depends

But there is one country where the Church seems to be very wealthy

Martin Luther lived in this building in Wittenberg for most of his adult life

Scott Hendrix has written a scholarly but vivid portrait of a man living through a spiritual crisis

Pope Francis gives a thumbs up (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-SCANDAL Oct. 14, 2015.

Francis encourages young people to read the Bible, sharing his own reading habits in his prologue for the new YoutCat German Bible

Cardinal Gerhard Müller is part of the German language group (CNS)

The group provided detailed suggestions for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who want to receive the sacraments

Archbishops and cardinals wait to enter the Vatican Synod Hall (AP)

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops