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

Jesus is “a source of a forgiving and a reconciling peace“, Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has said at a Mass in Japan marking the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.

The Israeli goverment and the Catholic Church “will soon sign an agreement that will regulate financial relations between them“, reports Ynetnews.com.

Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino said today that she is “confident” that Italian Jesuit Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio will be released by his alleged kidnappers.

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Fr Helmut Schüller, founder of the Austrian Priests’ Initiative, has claimed that the “Church is run more and more by priests of two or three movements“.

Veteran Vatican correspondent Robert Moynihan offers an alternative full English translation of the Pope’s in-flight press conference.

John Allen argues that the long-running “insider/outsider distinction” in Vatican circles is now “largely defunct“.

And Taylor Marshall considers whether St Thomas Aquinas would have approved of smoking marijuana.

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

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