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

The German bishops’ conference has unofficially published its controversial handout on Communion for Protestants (full German text).

Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Kirill has hailed the World Council of Churches as “an exceptional space for dialogue”.

Cardinal-designate Angelo Becciu has defended his record on financial reform.

Rocco Palmo says that today’s new cardinals mark a “critical tipping-point”.

John Allen asks why the Pope has named a “largely untested ally to take over the Vatican’s main financial center of power”.

Fr Edmund Waldstein argues that even “stupid and pointless” prayers are valuable.

And Sean Hannan considers why it’s so hard to translate St Augustine’s Confessions.

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