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

Pope Francis begins his five-day visit to Colombia today.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas has urged priests in the Philippines to preach fearlessly even if “the government is hostile”.

The Black Madonna of Chartres Cathedral has “become white” after restoration work.

A full English translation of Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández‘s Heal Me With Your Mouth: The Art of Kissing has appeared online.

Sandro Magister says that Pope Francis will encounter “the violent face of Buddhism” in Burma.

Mark Oppenheimer suggests that when it comes to marriage “Catholics have it easy”.

And Calvin Tomkins says that Hilaire Belloc had “the bad luck to mistake himself for a serious writer”.

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