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

Italian Jesuit Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio “is alive and is being treated well by his kidnappers“, a prominent opponent of the Assad regime has said.

Pope Francis may visit Lebanon during a projected visit to the Middle East next year.

The Pope named a new apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic yesterday, replacing Archbishop Józef Wesołowski, who was recalled to Rome after abuse allegations.

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Sandro Magister argues that last month’s interview with Jesuit publications was “the first true ‘encyclical’” of Pope Francis“.

Journalist Chris Brummitt makes a rare unescorted trip to a Vietnamese village where Catholicism is thriving despite repression.

Megan Fincher says Vatican Cardinal Peter Turkson is “in the middle of a genetically modified food fight“.

And Dante scholar Robert Pogue Harrison explains “why The Divine Comedy remains the most generous work in literary history“.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

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