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Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/01/16

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/01/16

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

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis’s message for Lent 2016 has been published by the Vatican

Pope Francis speaking at  the Paul VI Hall (AP)

The Vatican has released Francis’s message on the theme of mercy

Lord Tebbit outside the Grand Hotel in Brighton (PA)

The great British survivor

In this Lenten season of forgiveness, Lord Tebbit reflects on the bomb that nearly killed him, bankers’ bonuses, bad sermons and the afterlife

Jeremiah, depicted by Rembrandt, promised a new start to a people trapped in sin

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Jer 31:13-34; Heb 5: 7-9; jn 12: 20-30 (Year B)

Assyrian Christians take part in a protest in the Lebanese capital Beirut (AP/Hussein Malla)

US bishops ask faithful to ‘unite with our suffering brothers and sisters’

A parishioner receives an ash cross on her forehead from during an Ash Wednesday service in Texas (CNS)

Lent is more than a spiritual boot camp

The modern tendency is to over-spiritualise Jesus’s time in the desert by making it all mythological

A detail from Nicodemus Talking to Jesus by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937)

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 2 chr 36:14-16 & 19-23; eph 2: 4-10; jn 3:14-21 (year b)

St John Paul II explains how the prohibitive terms of the commandments are in fact positive assertions (CNS)

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