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

Syrian rebels are increasingly shelling predominantly Christian areas of Damascus, reports the Associated Press.

Pope Francis praised Aung San Suu Kyi’s commitment to “non-violent engagement in the cause of peace and democracy” during their meeting yesterday (video).

Bishop Charles Scicluna has urged bishops to adopt a uniform approach to priests ordered to lead a life of “prayer and penance” because “a comfortable life on a golf course is definitely not what the words ‘prayer and penance’ mean“.

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Rocco Palmo says that Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga laid out a “programme for the Stateside Church” during his whirlwind US tour.

Episcopal priest Philip DeVaul suggests “Pope Francis is going to bring a lot of people back to Rome“.

William Doino Jr notes that while Paul VI “waited nearly 10 years” to speak dramatically about Satan “Francis took only a day”.

And Vatican “culture minister” Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi marked the death of Lou Reed yesterday by tweeting the lyrics of the song “Perfect Day”.

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

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