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

Pope Francis urged mafia members to “convert to God” as he hailed a new Blessed murdered by mobsters at his Angelus address yesterday (video).

The Pope made his first pastoral visit to a parish in Rome yesterday, hearing Confessions and giving 16 children Holy Communion (full text, video).

In a blistering homily on Saturday morning, Francis criticised Church officials who act as “controllers of faith” (video)

Cardinal George Pell has told an Australian parliamentary inquiry into abuse that the Church was “slow to address the anguish of the victims“.

David Gibson says the Pope’s remarks about atheists last week gave “conservative Catholics another case of agita”.

Paul McCusker describes his path from “bigotry and ignorance about Catholicism” to embracing the Catholic faith.

And artist Billie Mandle explains why she decided to photograph America’s confessionals.

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