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

Archbishop Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria, has confirmed that armed men have kidnapped 12 Orthodox nuns in Ma’loula.

Francis promised “compassion and prayer for every victim of sexual abuse” in his meeting with the Dutch bishops yesterday (video, undelivered full text).

The Vatican and Bodleian libraries have announced that they will put 1.5 million pages of their rarest religious texts online in “a landmark digitisation project“.

Yair Rosenberg explains why Benjamin Netanyahu gave Pope Francis a book on the Inquisition yesterday (video).

Ross Douthat wonders what liberal Catholics can hope for from Francis’s pontificate.

Archbishop Eamon Martin has launched a “novel” online Advent calendar on behalf of the Irish bishops (full calendar).

And the Pope has revealed that he once worked as a bouncer.

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