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

Pope Francis urged Catholics to offer “actual help” to those affected by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan at his general audience yesterday (full video).

The relics of St Peter will go on display for the first time at the end of the Year of Faith, the Vatican has announced (video).

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “cannot put a stop to the discussion” about divorced and remarried Catholics, Cardinal Reinhard Marx has said.

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Those who deliberately pollute the environment “are not in the grace of God and cannot take Communion“, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples has said.

Pope Francis will decentralise power but must be careful to avoid a “relapse into the notion of national churches”, Cardinal Walter Kasper has argued.

Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalaing of Bangui says the Central African Republic is becoming “a sanctuary for terrorists, narcotics traffickers, jihadists and bandits“.

And James Parker suggests that a recently published prayer journal sheds new light on Flannery O’Connor’s work.

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