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

Pope Francis urged 44 newly confirmed people to “remain steadfast in the journey of faith” during Mass in St Peter’s Square yesterday (full text, full video).

At the Regina Caeli the Pope prayed for victims of last Wednesday’s factory collapse in Bangladesh.

The Group of Eight cardinals advising Pope Francis may join him on a pilgrimage to Assisi on October 4, reports Vatican Insider.

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The Pope Emeritus will return to the Vatican on Wednesday, according to veteran Vatican-watcher Andrea Tornielli.

John Allen says it may not be long before Pope Francis disappoints those “most elated by his election”.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia argues that “America is mission territory“.

Beth Haile applauds Belgian Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard’s response to topless protesters who soaked him with water.

And a German producer who converted to Catholicism is preparing to film a biopic of the new Holy Father.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

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