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

Venezuela has invited Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin to be a “good faith witness” to crisis talks between the government and protesters.

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal has condemned a wave of vandalism directed at Christian properties in Israel ahead of the Pope’s visit.

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk has renewed the consecration of Ukraine to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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David Gibson asks if the English translation of the Mass will be overhauled yet again.

Jean-Louis de La Vaissière argues that Francis’s decision to canonise John XXIII and John Paul II together is a “masterstroke“.

Hector Welgampola says he hopes forthcoming papal visits to Asia will tackle “stalled pastoral issues“.

And some of the world’s leading news outlets have mistaken an April Fool’s joke about Vatican hawks for reality.

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

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