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

America’s bishops “must become advocates and champions” of persecuted Christians, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in his final address as US bishops’ conference president yesterday (full text, video, analysis by Joan Frawley Desmond).

Pope Francis “wants pastoral bishops, not bishops who profess or follow a particular ideology“, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò told the US bishops yesterday (analysis by Rocco Palmo).

No typhoon or flood can diminish the strength of the Filipino soul,” Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the bishops’ conference of the Philippines, has said.

Francis “told me that he has no problem with the Old Rite“, Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos has said in an address to Una Voce International in Rome.

Sandro Magister reports that increasing numbers of Vatican diplomats belong to the Focolare Movement.

Amy Sullivan suggests that Cardinal Séan O’Malley of Boston and Pope Francis email each other regularly.

And Eve Tushnet says she’s grateful to the saints for providing “much-needed gallows humour“.

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