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

Those who defend human life must also promote virtue, Pope Francis has told members of the Pontifical Academy for Life (full text, video).

The Vatican has sought to downplay reports that the Pope will visit Pakistan.

The Lebanese political system is in danger of “collapse”, Maronite bishops have said.

Bishop Patrick Dunn of Auckland has described Madonna as “hugely offensive” ahead of her tour of New Zealand.

Janet E Smith says the implications of Pope Francis’s recent comments on contraception are potentially “mind-blowing”.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider argues that “some bishops and cardinals speak clearly with a Masonic spirit”.

And CNA/EWTN News reports on a 95-year-old priest who recently walked for miles while hearing confessions.

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