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

The Vatican has updated its guidelines on priestly formation (full text).

Brazilian police have apologised for firing rubber bullets at protesters from inside a historic church.

Women working at the Vatican have launched an association.

A cloistered Indian nun has earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering.

Robert Mickens, Nicholas Senz, Joseph Shaw and Jeanne Smits reflect on the dubia controversy.

Paul Inwood comments on a bishop who has “effectively banned Communion from the chalice in his diocese”.

And the Vatican has revealed the image on this year’s papal Christmas card.

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