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

The prospects of a Personal Ordinariate in England were boosted on Saturday after the general synod of the Church of England voted not to allow parishes that oppose women bishops to have an additional male bishop. Andrew Brown, Damian Thompson, the Telegraph and the Guardian comment on the vote.

Pope Benedict described St Benedict of Nursia as the “great patron” of his pontificate at the Angelus yesterday.

The Vatican has reported its third consecutive loss, despite a nine per cent rise in donations.

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The Independent reports that the budget for the papal visit to Britain is “spiralling out of control“.

Oxford University Newman Society has launched a website to mark the cardinal’s beatification in September.

James Macintyre suggests that Prince Charles fell into a sulk after he was denied a one-on-one meeting with Benedict XVI.

Fr Federico Lombardi reflects on the Church’s recent breakthrough in Cuba.

Fr William Callahan, an outspoken critic of the Vatican who was expelled by the Jesuits, has died aged 78.

Zenit posts the full text of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor’s recent address to Irish priests.

Deacon Keith Fournier wonders if Lutherans will follow Anglicans in asking to be received as a group into full communion with Rome.

And Francis Beckwith considers the case of Dr Kenneth Howell, a Catholic professor sacked by the University of Illinois.

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