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

Pope Francis urged Christians to discover the date of their baptism and celebrate the day annually at his general audience this morning (short video, full video).

The Pope has written a letter to Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of La Repubblica newspaper, about whether God forgives those who don’t believe in him (full Italian text).

Empty convents should be turned into hostels for refugees, not hotels, Pope Francis said during a visit to a refugee centre in Rome yesterday (full text, video).

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John Thavis says the new Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, is already making waves before he officially takes up the post (full text).

Jesuit priest Fr I Michael Bellafiore offers “10 ways to revitalise the Catholic Church“.

George Weigel praises GK Chesterton’s “singularly fetching way of demolishing an intellectual opponent without drawing blood or leaving bruises“.

And a priest who gave Francis a 1984 Renault claims papal security guards are terrified the Pope will “be tooling around the Vatican in my car“.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

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