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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/10/17

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

A judge discounted the freedom of religion argument posed by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

Almost all who have had the privilege of being educated in convents remember nuns whose lives were ones of fulfilment, vigour and purpose

The Pontiff told participants at a Vatican event on religious life that the loss of clergy is weakening the Church

Doctors are unable to explain why a nun’s brain fully invaded with Alzheimer’s kept functioning at a high level

Mother Marie Adele Garnier claimed she saw a consecrated host bleed in the hands of a priest

Attorney representing Little Sisters of the Poor is ‘optimistic’ some or all of the Affordable Care Act will be repealed

Get thee from the nunnery

The Reformation may have caused women’s religious roles to be set back centuries

What I owe my ‘crazy’ nuns

Our nuns taught us that strong, well-organised women can run things without being bossed about by men

The Sisters at the Daughters of Divine Charity convent, in Norfolk, run a nursery, a care home and school