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

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has issued a forceful denunciation of the British Government’s plans to legalise same-sex marriage.

The English Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool is recovering in hospital following a mild stroke.

Latin patriarchal vicar Bishop William Shomali has said the Israeli-Palestinian “conflict is incurable” in human terms, but “prayer can attain peace”.

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The Diocese of Phoenix has denied an Italian media report that Bishop Thomas Olmsted is leaving the diocese to take up a Vatican post.

Researchers at two English universities have found that Confession “has a positive prosocial effect“.

Mgr Charles Pope referees a dispute over hell between Fr Robert Barron and theology professor Ralph Martin.

And Juan Karita visits Bolivia’s answer to the Sistine Chapel.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Wednesday, December 19, because of Christmas deadlines.

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