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

The Pope has invited children from around the world to join Syrian children in a prayer for peace on Wednesday (full text).

“It deeply troubles me when I see a timetable in a parish,” Pope Francis said as he celebrated Mass marking the Jubilee of Deacons yesterday (full text, full video).

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako has declared today a day of prayer for peace in the Middle East.

Francis may become the first pope to visit Russia and China, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has said.

CNA/EWTN News reports on a visit by 61 cloistered nuns to a women’s prison in Santiago, Chile.

David Gibson says Archbishop Georg Gänswein has “thrown gas onto the fire” of Vatican conspiracy theories.

And researchers have discovered a mummified body bearing a striking resemblance to Vincent Van Gogh in a Spanish church.

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