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

Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinals have decided to create a entirely new Vatican constitution, it was announced at the end of their three-day meeting yesterday (video).

The Pope denounced what he called an “inhuman global economic crisis” in an address marking the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Pacem in Terris yesterday.

A Polish diocese has rejected the country’s first request for damages by a clerical abuse victim, paving the way for a civil lawsuit.

Wallace Henley argues that the Pope and Presbyterian theologian Francis Schaeffer have a lot in common.

William Van Ornum explains why he feels “haunted” by Thomas Merton.

Beppe Severgnini suggests Francis is “the Church’s Steve Jobs“.

And cartoonist Jason Bach illustrates a different kind of “Francis effect”.

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