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

Pope Francis will visit Colombia early next year, the country’s president has announced.

A kidnapped seminary rector has been released in Nigeria.

The Chaldean bishops have ordered “priests and monks who left their dioceses and monasteries without formal permission” to return home.

Benedict XVI’s new book-length interview is causing uproar in Germany, reports Marie Meaney.

The Pope is unlikely to meet dissidents in Azerbaijan, says Sandro Magister (John Allen, Francis X Rocca).

David Bentley Hart thinks we would find the first Christians “politically irresponsible, socially discreditable and really just a bit indecent”.

And Matthew Sewell asks if God is a baseball fan.

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