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

At yesterday’s Angelus Pope Francis urged every parish and religious community in Europe to host a refugee family (short video, full video, Fr Federico Lombardi, Rick Noack).

Some Orthodox churches have become “a servant of political ambitions of the state”, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has said (full text).

Demonstrators demanded more funds for Christian schools in a protest at the Israeli prime minister’s office yesterday.

An archbishop and an imam have jointly commemorated the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta.

Rocco Palmo and Fr John Zuhlsdorf reflect on the Pope’s “virtual audience” with Americans.

Austen Ivereigh explains “why Francis is a true Catholic radical”.

And an American priest has created a Lego model of the Vatican.

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