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

Displaced Iraqi Christians may be able to return to their homes this year, Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giorgio Lingua has said.

Cardinal Laurent Mosengwo Pasinya has told authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to “stop killing your people” following the reported deaths of 42 anti-government demonstrators.

The Pope has named former Vatican Promoter of Justice Bishop Charles Scicluna head of a new panel hearing appeals by priests accused of abuse.

The German Church has banned a priest from preaching after he spoke at an anti-Islamisation rally.

Phil Lawler wonders why Francis keeps plugging the apocalyptic novel Lord of the World.

Fr Dwight Longenecker argues that the next pope is unlikely to come from Europe or Latin America.

And Rome Reports captures the moment Francis blessed two lambs on the feast of St Agnes.

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