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

China’s state-controlled Church has announced plans to ordain at least 40 bishops “without delay”, a move that would set back relations between the Holy See and China.

The next World Youth Day will take place in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, Vatican Insider has reported.

Benedict XVI said “there is nothing magic in Christianity” in his homily on the feast of Corpus Christi yesterday (full text).

Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid has said that there is “a new impending genocide in Sudan”.

The Vatican has rejected an appeal from Fr Fernando Karadima, the popular Chilean priest found guilty of sexual abuse.

Karen Terry, who led the John Jay College investigation into the causes of clerical abuse, says the study did not “blame Woodstock” as media reports suggested. Paul Moses disagrees.