The Archdiocese of Cologne has revealed that it has assets of €3.35 billion ($3.8 billion, £2.5 billion).
A United Nations-backed force should intervene in Libya, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said.
Pope Francis has thanked Italian coastguards for rescuing thousands of people between Libya and Italy.
A bishop has ordered the removal of the Blessed Sacrament from all churches in the diocese of Ars after a spate of desecrations.
George Weigel argues that Russian president Vladimir Putin is no ally to Catholics in “international pro-life and pro-family work”.
And the Egyptian faithful have celebrated “a great day of joy” with the consecration of the first Catholic church in Sinai.
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