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Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, right, at the 2014 family synod (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/02/16

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

Pope Francis (AP)

A Vatican spokesman confirmed Francis received the invitation during an early morning private audience

A pro-ISIS demonstration in Mosul (PA)

The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue spoke at the inaugural Arab Thinkers’ Forum

Demonstrators protest against the sexual assaults in Cologne. Honesty is required in this subject  (AP Photo/Juergen Schwarz)

Unfortunately, in the present climate, the conversation seems unlikely

A special edition of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly paper,  released last week

L’Osservatore Romano is right to protest when Charlie Hebdo blames God for the carnage of last year

A soldier patrols at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris  (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

We must seriously look at how Muslims interpret the Koran, Archbishop Léonard has said

Evangelical Protestant preacher Pastor James McConnell outside Belfast Magistrates Court (PA)

Pastor James McConnell described Islam as ‘heathen’ and ‘Satanic’ in a sermon

Michel Houellebecq teaches about the consequences of hedonism. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Submission tells us a great deal about ourselves, and if we are to continue as we are, the future is hardly bright

A Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Kobani (AP)

The road back to peace

The Middle East is more polarised along religious lines than ever before. Yet recent history shows the region can return to the enlightened tolerance it once enjoyed

Immune to shame: Trump at a rally this week (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Republican candidate seems to be immune to public shaming