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

Vatican doctrinal chief Cardinal Gerhard Müller has accused the US Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) of “open provocation against the Holy See” (full text).

A bishop has criticised Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir for allegedly targeting a Catholic hospital in the Nuba Mountains during a bombing raid.

The Holy See faced tough questioning at the start of its two-day appearance before the UN committee against torture yesterday (video, Andrea Gagliarducci, Edward Pentin).

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Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai has described protests against his decision to travel to Israel with Pope Francis as “shameful“.

John Cornwell profiles the four lay women appointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Mark Silk says people haven’t grasped the significance of Cardinal Seán O’Malley’s press conference on the new Pontifical Commission.

And Pope Francis has praised the Swiss Guards’ famous uniform 100 years after it was first introduced.

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

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