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

Lenten fasting must help us “cultivate the style of the good Samaritan“, Pope Francis said yesterday at Ash Wednesday Mass (full text, short video).

The “brotherhood among Crimean people”, must not be broken Catholic Bishop Jacek Pyl of Odessa-Simferopol has said (full text).

American Catholics overwhelmingly approve of Pope Francis but his election has had no effect on Mass attendance, a Pew Research poll has found (full results, Fr Thomas Reese SJ).

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Both Zenit and CNA have published full English translations of Francis’s interview with Corriere della Sera.

John Allen, Joshua Norman, Andrew Sullivan and Mollie Wilson O’Reilly comment on the interview.

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says Ukrainian Catholics are starting Lent “with feelings of pain, fear, suffering and trembling hope“.

And Rabbi Noam Marans explains why Francis loves the Marc Chagall painting “White Crucifixion”.

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

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