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

Pope Benedict recalled his “unforgettable” trip to Britain in his major annual address to the Roman Curia yesterday (video, full text).

Archbishop Jaime Ortega of Havana has said that he hopes the Cuban authorities will release 11 more political prisoners.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has urged the priests of his diocese to lead lives marked by simplicity, honesty and joy.

John Allen says that Benedict XVI is quietly reshaping the Roman Curia.

Jonathan Day argues that it is conservatives, rather than progressives, who have used the “methods of Vatican II” to influence the Church’s direction.

Carl Olson offers a short guide to Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini.

And singer Michael Bolton has recorded a Christmas concert in the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi.