A daily guide to what's happening in the Catholic Church
An Irish diocese has said it had no money to pay priests at Christmas because of a shortfall in collections.
Pope Francis has dismissed a Brazilian priest from the clerical state (Spanish report).
Robert Royal says Vatican officials “continue to exercise a very effective, old-school-style control over Church-related news” in Italy.
Damian Thompson asks who helped Frédéric Martel write his Vatican exposé.
John Monaco argues that liturgical abuse is not “a thing of the past”.
And Fr Tim Finigan explains why some people think his name is “Mr Timothy Father”.
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