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

Advent is an invitation “to not be dominated by the things of this world”, the Pope said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

Former Jesuit Father General Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach has died aged 87.

Stephen Hawking has discussed the origins of the universe at the Vatican.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell says he wants to help couples avoid Amoris Laetitia’s footnote 351 by “by doing good marriage preparation”.

Cardinal Willem Eijk discusses euthanasia, palliative care and false mercy (full video).

Ross Douthat says that Catholicism has “entered terra incognita” with the four cardinals’ dubia.

And the Central African Republic’s first Prince of the Church says that his countryman don’t even have a word for “cardinal”.

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