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

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is “the highest human expression of divine love”, Pope Francis said at the Angelus yesterday (full text, video).

In today’s world religious freedom is more often affirmed than put into practice,” the Pope said at a meeting with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday (video).

The Catholic bishops of Ireland are likely to appeal this week for a free vote on a Bill altering the country’s abortion laws, reports the Irish Times.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has renewed a request to bury the bodies of 47 victims of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Anthony Boadle investigates why so many Brazilian Catholics are becoming evangelical Christians.

Influential American evangelical Michael Gerson says Pope Francis is restoring “true authority” to the Catholic Church.

And Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has urged monks not to expose themselves to temptation by using smartphones to access the internet.

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

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