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

Syrian Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart has said that Russia’s military offensive “serves the Christians’ cause” (French video).

ISIS has killed three Assyrian Christian captives and threatened to execute more unless it receives ransom payments.

Pope Francis will not address the Kenyan parliament during his visit next month, according to local media reports.

Colombia’s Supreme Court has ordered a diocese to pay $220,000 (£143,000, €194,000) to the families of two clerical abuse victims.

John Allen, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Phil Lawler, Christopher Lamb, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Inés San Martín, Edward Pentin, Damian Thompson and George Weigel comment on the synod.

Arthur Brooks hails the Pope’s “subversive message” in Cuba and the United States.

And Mark Shea says GK Chesterton should be declared santo subito.

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