Priests in the Australian state of Victoria will face up to three years in jail if they fail to report abuse disclosed in the confessional.
The Vatican has urged all parties in Nicaragua to return to the negotiating table.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx will reportedly attend the Amazon synod.
Many who practise mindfulness have “effectively abandoned the Catholic faith even without realising it”, a Spanish bishops’ commission has said.
Ucanews.com reports that Catholics in China’s Shenyang diocese “fear that its underground church will slowly disappear”.
The Economist examines the “global contest for influence” within Orthodoxy.
And Mark Bowling talks to a priest fighting bushfires with prayer.
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