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

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has defended his tough approach to clerical abuse at the Communion and Liberation meeting in Rimini.

Organisers have said that preparations are going well for a large-scale gathering of abuse victims in St Peter’s Square on October 31.

Pope Benedict deplored the killing of 65 civilians in Somalia during his general audience today (video).

Bishop Nereo Odchimar, head of the Filipino bishops’ conference, has offered prayers for the victims of the Manila hostage drama.

Riazat Butt reports on the creation of a new speakers’ bureau that hopes to rival Catholic Voices during the Pope’s visit to Britain.

Susan Boyle has said that singing for Benedict XVI will be her “greatest dream come true“.

George Weigel says the Pope’s pilgrimage to Britain is “strewn with landmines“.

Matthew Warner wonders if it’s possible to be “too Catholic” online.

Terry Mattingly critiques mainstream media reporting of the new English translation of the Mass.

Thomas Peters examines the myth of same-sex marriage in the early Church.

Fr Edward McNamara considers whether it’s acceptable to speak in tongues at Mass.

And Jim McDermott SJ asks whether listening to Eminem can make you a better person.