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

Pope Francis will create the smallest group of new cardinals since 1977 today.

Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako will receive the red hat despite health problems (Joe Slama).

Full communion between Catholics and Orthodox Christians “must not be a bland uniformity”, Pope Francis has said.

A priest stabbed in Mexico City Cathedral in May has left intensive care.

Gerard O’Connell says that yesterday Pope Francis responded “to those who hope his pontificate may end soon”.

Edward Pentin argues that the Pope has indirectly answered the dubia.

And Fr Jim McDermott SJ explains what Louis CK can teach priests about homilies.

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