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

Faith is the most precious gift in life, Benedict XVI said yesterday as he baptised 21 babies in the Sistine Chapel (full text of homily).

The Pope encouraged the faithful to “rediscover the beauty of being baptised” during his Angelus address yesterday (full text, video).

The Vatican appears to have overruled the Japanese bishops’ decision to ban the Neocatechumenal Way from the country for five years.

The Maltese Church has decided to create a special tribunal to assess claims that three Maltese priests abused boys at an orphanage 20 years ago.

The Scottish Football Association has reinstated three members of staff who were sacked for sending a crude email about the Pope.

The Vatican has denied reports that it is collaborating with the Discovery Channel on a series about exorcism.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban observed southern Sudan’s referendum on secession yesterday as part of an ecumenical monitoring team.

Declan Walsh visits the home village of Asia Bibi, the woman sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy in Pakistan.

And a new website aims to help newlyweds receive a blessing from the Pope in Rome.