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

The Pope has accepted an invitation to visit Iraq, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako said after their meeting yesterday.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has said that belonging to a religious order may help Pope Francis to resolve the stand-off between the Vatican and the US Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Argentinian newspaper La Nación has revealed that the new Pope’s favourite books include works by Romano Guardini, Henri Nouwen and Ethel Mannin.

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Catholic World Report has published an English translation of Cardinal Bergoglio’s 2012 letter to catechists

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia says the Pope is showing deep concern for Middle Eastern Christians.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf suggests Pope Francis is taking a risk in celebrating Holy Thursday Mass in a prison.

And the Irish Examiner reports that a “mystery woman” walked into pub hours before the Pope’s election and urged punters to place a bet on 50-1 outsider Cardinal Bergoglio.

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

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