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

Christianity is “the lifeblood of Europe”, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said ahead of an EU summit in Rome.

Pope Francis is reportedly considering a trip to Japan in 2018.

New rules on alcohol in Kerala could benefit the “liquor mafia”, an Indian archbishop has said.

Cardinal Francis Arinze says “it’s not important” whether there will be an African pope this century.

Fr Joshua Whitfield explains why “most married Catholic priests are staunch advocates of clerical celibacy”.

Robert Mickens argues that Benedict XVI “bears much of the responsibility” for the “confusion and division” in today’s Church.

And Brian Williams says that a priest in a cassock is “a living sermon”.

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