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

Pope Francis has left flowers at the altar of St Mary Major ahead of today’s visit to Fatima.

Australia’s bishops are reportedly divided over a proposal to seek the Pope’s guidance on the confessional seal in abuse cases.

Talks about a papal visit to Romania next year are said to have “intensified”.

Sandro Magister suggests Pope Francis is being “strangely neutral” on the upheaval in Venezuela.

Michael Sean Winters is horrified by a short documentary about Church Miltant (video).

Brigitte Hagemann talks to Portuguese “rent-a-pilgrim” Carlos Gil.

And Anna Silman asks why we’re seeing “a pop-culture Nunnaissance”.

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