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

Benedict XVI prayed that the Holy Spirit may “inspire courageous resolutions for peace” during Pentecost Sunday Mass yesterday (video of Regina Caeli).

The Roma should have “a dignified place in Europe’s civil fabric“, the Pope told 2,000 members of the Roma community at the Vatican on Saturday.

A relic containing the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II has been placed in the altar of a new church in Kraków.

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Archbishop Vincent Nichols ordained five priests for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham at Westminster Cathedral on Friday (photos, full text of homily).

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban has made a strongly worded attack on the government of Swaziland, saying it is “getting more brutal by the day”.

Fr Federico Lombardi urges Syrian Christians to promote “authentic and serious national dialogue” in their strife-torn country.

Robert Moynihan considers whether the SSPX-Vatican talks will succeed.

Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles explains why he has embraced Facebook and Twitter.

Thomas Peters welcomes Vatican.va’s redesigned home page.

And manga publisher Jonathan Lin unveils his latest comic book hero: Pope Benedict XVI.

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