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

Francis became the first pope to address students on five continents simultaneously when he took part in a Google Hangout yesterday (video).

The Archdiocese of New York has offered to take over the Cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen “in an attempt to move it forward” (Elizabeth Scalia, Brandon Vogt).

Church leaders have criticised Venezuela’s Socialist Party after it urged members to pray to “Our Chávez who art in heaven“.

We must “do all we can” to protect Middle Eastern Christians from ISIS, the British ambassador to the Holy See has said.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan says Vatican officials now display “a refreshing honesty that one did not always detect before“.

Paul Vallely argues that “a new historical moment has arrived” at the Vatican.

And yesterday Diego Maradona enjoyed his second emotional encounter with Pope Francis in less than a week (video).

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


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