Benedict XVI has named Indian Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt the new permanent observer of the Holy See at the UN in New York.
Hackers targeted the Vatican website through Google at the weekend.
Cardinal Paul Jozef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, will visit Haiti this week to deliver papal aid.
The Swiss Church has banned a priest from taking part in a gay pride festival.
Thomas Dollar argues that the Church unwittingly ensured the legalisation of gay marriage in Argentina.
Theologian Vincent Miller suggests that Benedict XVI’s “failures as a communicator” have given people a distorted view of the abuse crisis.