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

At yesterday’s Angelus, Pope Francis thanked the elderly and sick people “who prayed incessantly” during the Year of Mercy (full text).

A church in Bashiqa, northern Iraq, has reopened after two years under ISIS control.

The women deacons commission will meet for the first time in Rome this week.

The Pope has urged bishops never to treat those in failed marriages as “strangers to the Body of Christ”.

Maike Hickson, Rorate Caeli and Fr John Zuhlsdorf comment on rumours that Pope Francis will reconcile the SSPX to Rome today.

Kevin Ahern, John Allen, Christopher Lamb, Rocco Palmo, Edward Pentin and Robert Royal reflect on the creation of 17 new cardinals (profiles).

And a group of Capuchin friars have taken the Mannequin Challenge.

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