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

Benedict XVI assured the trapped miners in Chile of his prayers at the Angelus yesterday (full text, video).

Cardinal Godfried Danneels tried to persuade an abuse victim not to denounce his abuser in public, a tape recording has revealed. Tom Heneghan says the transcript makes for sad reading.

A poll has found that only two per cent of Scots are “strongly opposed” to the papal visit.

Peter Stanford describes the Church that Pope Benedict will encounter when he visits Britain next month.

George Weigel explains why Britain stands to benefit from the visit.

Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, says he will give the Pope an enthusiastic welcome.

Fr John Flynn, LC, argues that the Pope will stand up for Britain’s embattled Christians.

Valle Adurni takes a critical look at James MacMillan’s Mass setting for the papal visit.

Brother Stephen Treat, O.Cist, wonders who should be the patron saint of Personal Ordinariates.

Fr Philip Endean SJ says that the introduction of the new English Mass has involved an abuse of power that “overlaps with the clerical abuse scandal” (full text).

The Independent claims that Cardinal Peter Turkson will be a leading contender at the next conclave.

CNN wonders if Bartholomew will be the last Ecumenical Patriarch to live in Turkey.

Aggie Catholics lists America’s blogging bishops.

And contemplative communities in the Holy Land are now accepting emailed prayer requests.