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

Benedict XVI began a new cycle of catechesis yesterday dedicated to women in the Church, starting with St Hildegard of Bingen (video).

Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk has said that Christians may become “scapegoats” following the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq.

The Israeli President Shimon Peres will meet the Pope today (video).

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The lawyer of Cardinal Godfried Danneels has criticised media coverage of the cardinal’s secretly taped meeting with an abuse victim.

The German Church will now require police checks for those working with young people.

Gay and lesbian Christians have criticised plans to disrupt the Pope’s visit to Britain.

Austen Ivereigh previews the papal trip.

George Weigel recalls a decisive moment in the emergence of the Solidarity movement 30 years ago.

Zenit discusses mysticism with the Carmelite Fr Luigi Borriello.

And CNN reports on a new off-Broadway production of CS Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters.

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