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

Plans to ban asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia from ever being able to apply for a visa are “deeply disappointing”, Bishop Vincent Long has said.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna has told the Maltese government that a new equality bill “would encroach upon the religious freedom of the Church”.

Archbishop Stanislav Hočevar of Belgrade has called for the canonisation of wartime Croatian Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac.

Edward Pentin presents the full list of members of the recently overhauled Congregation for Divine Worship.

Massimo Faggioli argues that Pope Francis has created “a radically new job description for bishops”, but there is a global shortage of “priests who clearly fit the profile”.

Robert Mickens says the Pope is rumoured to be preparing “an ecclesiastical earthquake” at the Vatican.

And Catholic News Agency uncovers the mystery of a giant Celtic cross hidden in an Irish forest.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.