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

Pope Francis appealed for an end to violence in “beloved and martyred Syria” at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian of Guatemala City has died aged 70.

The Irish Church has held a third national collection to fund the papal visit and World Meeting of Families in August.

Freed Indian priest Fr Tom Uzhunnalil has apologised for his comments in a hostage video.

Lawrence Njoku asks if the Ahiara crisis is over.

Alessandra Dee Crespo says Archbishop Charles Scicluna is “the master of the subliminal message”.

And Fr Jeffrey Kirby presents the eight-day Be Blessed Challenge (website).

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