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

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced that lay people will lead parishes with no priests in his Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley has said that “time will be the test” of the Vatican’s commitment to disciplining bishops who mishandle abuse cases.

The Russian Orthodox Church will add more early Western saints to its calendar, Metropolitan Hilarion has said.

Robert Mickens asks if Pope Francis will reform the “woefully inadequate seminary system”.

David Mulroney urges the Canadian government to heed the lessons of euthanasia in Belgium and the Netherlands.

William Doino Jr praises and critiques Pope Francis.

And Brantly Millegan offers a visual guide to nine major religious orders.

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