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

Pope Francis has urged Benedictine leaders to offer the laity monastic “oases of the spirit”.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin knew of abuse cases in his diocese years before he claimed, a new book has alleged (original French report).

Fr Paul Check is stepping down as director of Courage after 14 years.

Sandro Magister says dozens of curial officials “have been left jobless” as a result of this summer’s reforms.

Fr Joseph Fessio discusses the “odd pre-history” of the new DOCAT youth catechism.

Michael Peppard argues that the evidence for women deacons “comes from concrete archaeological discoveries”.

And Richard Brody says that Terrence Malick’s new film, Voyage of Time, is a metaphysical journey.

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