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Pope Francis blesses participants at a meeting of Rome's parishes in St John Lateran (AP)

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Bishop Athanasius Schneider (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Schneider said the document might lead to widespread confusion over doctrine and the sacraments

The Marriage Foundation analysed data taken from the British Household Panel Survey (PA)

A new report by the Marriage Foundation analysed data relating to 3,800 children from the ages of 11 to 16

Archbishop Eamon Martin is  Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland (PA)

The bishops have released a pastoral document ahead of next week’s elections

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (PA)

The cardinal said that Pope Francis had offered ‘a much deeper understanding’ of discernment

Archbishop Blasé Cupich of Chicago  (CNS)

The Archbishop of Chicago welcomed the publication of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation

Francis has reportedly promised to extend the validity of confessions heard by SSPX priests (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/04/16

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Pope Francis has released his apostolic exhortation (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Here we provide a short summary of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation released today

Bishop Egan (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Egan says the saint offers an ‘inspiring example’ of what being a man means

Pope Francis arriving at St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

Francis also tweeted ‘Pray for me’ to mark the anniversary on Sunday