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

Archbishop Vincent Nichols has defended the English and Welsh bishops’ decision to put the family synod questionnaire online.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki has said he will perform an “exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” when the law is changed in Illinois next week.

Jimmy Akin considers whether Pope Francis just condemned the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje.

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David Nolan says we shouldn’t be surprised to hear Pope Francis speaking out “explicitly against fracking”.

Vanity Fair’s Michael Joseph Gross goes in search of “gay priests in the upper reaches of the Holy See“.

Mark Bonamo asks if Chris Christie will become America’s second Catholic president.

And Forward magazine has included Pope Francis in its list of the top 50 Jewish Americans of 2013 (full text).

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

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