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Vatican II and the internet have brought consumer choice into churchgoing. Some see that as a danger – but with imaginative leadership, it could be an opportunity

Blessed are the bloggers

The internet has brought a golden age of evangelical opportunity. Atheists share the same soapbox – but that should not deter us

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckberg posted a welcome message to the Pontiff

Francis met Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, as his message for the World Day of Social Communications was released

The monthly messages will feature Francis asking for prayers on various challenges facing the world

Erica Firpo at the Empty Vatican event, where Instagrammers were allowed in to take pictures

Lucky Instagrammers had the place to themselves for one evening

Putting forward the Christian point of view in the press and social media will help keep the moral dimension of public debates alive

A fire broke out at the church in France this morning

Fresh from a tough stint at the BBC, Lord Patten was asked to help overhaul another media operation crying out for change – the Vatican’s. He seems haunted by the possibility of failure