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

Rabbi David Rosen told the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East yesterday that Christians in Israel “enjoy full franchise and equality before the law” (full text).

The head of an American Catholic health system has denied reports that the decision to put three hospitals up for sale was prompted by the healthcare reform bill.

The Italian media are reporting that John Paul II’s Cause is making progress and he could be beatified next year.

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Pope Benedict has called on every diocesan bishop in the world to join him in leading a Vigil for All Nascent Human Life on November 27.

Archbishop Dominik Duka of Prague has confirmed that the Czech Church will invite the Pope to visit in 2013.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of St Andrews and Edinburgh has renewed his attack on the Act of Settlement, the law that forbids the monarch from being or marrying a Catholic.

Zenit interviews Patriarch Antonios Naguib, general relator of the Middle East Synod.

Two Latin Rite bishops from North America tell John Allen that they would not be opposed if Eastern churches decided to ordain more married priests within their jurisdiction.

Barrister Neil Addison reflects on the recent Council of Europe debate on conscientious objection to abortion.

And the Benedictine Fr Antony Sutch will join forces with Matthew Parris and Geoffrey Robertson QC next month to argue that Britain is not becoming an anti-Christian country.

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