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

Western military intervention in Syria would be a disaster, Melkite leader Patriarch Gregory III Laham has said.

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako has said the intervention “would be like a volcano erupting with an explosion meant to destroy Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine“.

Forty-five World Youth Day pilgrims have asked Brazil for political asylum, reports Vatican Insider.

The Vatican is investigating a possible miracle attributed to Fr Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has said that same-sex marriage advocates “don’t attack the black Protestant churches”, but instead single out the Catholic Church for criticism.

Chris Sullivan argues that future Catholic churches should look like the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

And Benedict XVI has inspired Nasa to caption its photos of the surface of Mars in Latin on social media.

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