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

The mayor of Madrid has promised that next year’s World Youth Day, which is likely to draw two million people to the Spanish capital, will be the best ever.

Sky News reports that the British Government is taking steps to ensure that Pope Benedict is not presented with an arrest warrant during his British visit.

Plans for a chapel dedicated to Cardinal John Henry Newman were unveiled at the Oxford Oratory yesterday.

London buses will carry posters calling for the ordination of women in the Catholic Church during the Pope’s stay in the capital.

Priestly vocations in north India are continuing to grow despite increased persecution.

A Catholic parish in New York City has decided not to sell one of its properties to a Muslim group that wanted to build a mosque on the site.

An Italian publishing house has issued a children’s book based on Benedict XVI’s weekly general audiences.

Blogger Matthew Warner welcomes the US bishops’ guidance on the use of social media.

Andrew Brown re-reads the controversial 1922 Vatican document Crimen Sollicitationis and concludes that “it certainly isn’t a licence to move abusive priests around and let them reoffend”.

David Brooks says that scientific research is showing that we are born with an innate moral sense.

And the organisers of the papal visit to Britain have created an email mailing list for those who want to keep up with the latest developments.