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Pope Francis blesses the crowd at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/09/14

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Pro-Russian separatists stand guard at a checkpoint near Donetsk, Ukraine (CNS)

‘People should realise what’s happening here has worldwide implications,’ says Bishop Dzyurakh

Maradona met the Pope at last night's game (AP)

‘After being far from the Church, I am proud of returning to it after God took my mother,’ footballer says

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: 'We are not women gobblers!' (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/09/14

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American-born Bishop Hlib Lonchyna (CNS)

Bishop Hlib Lonchyna endorses ‘heartfelt appeal’ by Ukrainian Greek Catholic Primate

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and  Vladimir Putin attend celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of St Sergius of Radonezh earlier this month

Francis’s ‘who am I to judge?’ line may have cooled the ecumenical ardour of the Russian Orthodox hierarchy

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope speaks of children ‘deprived of hope’ in unscripted remarks to faithful

Pope Francis pauses after delivering the Angelus address (AP)

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Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople planting an olive tree in the Vatican Gardens (CNS)

Pope was speaking to coalition of funding agencies coordinated by Congregation for Eastern Churches

The newly elected Ukrainian president Petro  Poroshenko (PA)

‘Together Ukrainian citizens are saying no to tyranny,’ say the country’s Permanent Synod of Bishops