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

Marriage and family “are the future of the Church and of society”, the Pope has said in a speech to the Roman Rota (full text, short video).

Francis has called for radical reform of ecclesiastical universities in a new apostolic constitution.

Archbishop Kenneth Richards has urged Jamaicans to fight “injustice, corruption, crime, violence and incivility”.

Three Cuban priests have written to Raúl Castro calling for free elections.

Archbishop Charles Chaput says a First Things article on the Mortara affair “did damage” to Catholic-Jewish relations.

Anto Akkara explains how he demolished an anti-Christian conspiracy theory in India.

And Gregory Hillis witnesses a burial in the Trappist monastery of Gethsemani.

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