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

Catholics should kiss the baby Jesus in the Nativity scenes in their homes, Pope Francis said at his general audience this morning (full text, full video).

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal has opened a holy door at Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

Next year’s Pan-Orthodox Council may not go ahead because of “unsettled conflict” between Orthodox Churches, Metropolitan Hilarion has said.

German Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has urged fans to boycott the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Ross Douthat argues that “the master narrative of conservative Catholicism” is in crisis.

John Allen, Andrea Gagliarducci, Michael Sean Winters and Cardinal Donald Wuerl consider what 2016 holds for the Catholic Church.

And Rorate Caeli explains where to find free Catholic books and audiobooks.