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

The head of child protection for the Catholic Church in England and Wales has urged the Vatican to remove the statute of limitations on prosecution of clerical abusers, as he announced that abuse allegations fell in 2009.

The Holy See has appointed its first apostolic nuncio to Russia.

Some 10,000 disabled people are expected to take part in next year’s World Youth Day in Madrid.

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Edward Peters issues a warning to armchair canon lawyers.

George Weigel hails Fr James Schall as “one of the greatest of American Jesuits”.

Kevin Rooney of Spiked Online says attacks on Catholicism ahead of the pope’s British visit are illiberal, censorious and ignorant.

And the Sistine Chapel, St Paul’s Outside the Walls, St John Lateran and St Peter’s Basilica are now available for virtual viewing at the Vatican website.

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