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

Pope Francis will not create the first female cardinal at the consistory in February, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has said.

Human trafficking should be declared a crime against humanity, participants in a Vatican meeting on “modern slavery” have said (video).

Japanese Emperor Akihito has attended an event marking the 100th anniversary of Sophia University in Tokyo.

David Briggs argues that “a Catholic renewal movement” is sweeping across Latin America.

Dr Paul Farmer explains how liberation theologian Fr Gustavo Gutiérrez inspired him to revolutionise medical care for the world’s poorest people.

John Goerke suggests that “the error of Pope Francis may be that he has wrongly assumed that the world has read his predecessors“.

And Giorgio Bernardelli recounts the life of St Paula the Bearded and other “anomalous saints”.

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