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Archbishop Paul Gallagher addresses the UN General Assembly in October (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/01/16

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

Pope Francis will visit the Great Synagogue of Rome on January 17 (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/01/16

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

Cuban President Raul Castro and Pope Francis next to the crucifix made of oars (Photo: AP)

The Pope received the cross from President Raul Castro during his trip to Cuba

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi (CNS)

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi has said that Europe is practicing a policy of contradictions

Migrants wait to disembark from a tug boat in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo. CNS photo/Antonio Parrinello, Reuters

The Holy Father is praying that migrants and refugees are warmly welcomed and respected

A coffin carrying the body of a migrant who died crossing the Mediterranean is loaded on to a car in Sicily (AP)

Pope Francis is right: the Mediterranean is becoming ‘a vast graveyard’

Pope Francis named 15 new cardinal-electors from 14 nations after Sunday's Angelus (AP)

Pontiff names 15 cardinal-electors and five cardinals over the age of 80

Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg (PA)

It’s been said that Francis represents a rupture with the past, but that is not the case here

Italian Coast Guard vessels gather at the spot where 366 migrants perished in the 2013 Lampedusa migrant boat disaster (CNS)

Criticism continues for move by European nations to scale down search and rescue

Eritrean migrants in Lampedusa

Bishops’ Conference criticise decision not to support migrant rescue services in the Mediterranean