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

At the Angelus yesterday Benedict XVI called for urgent international help for those fleeing drought and famine in Somalia and neighbouring countries.

The Vatican has said that Chinese priest Fr Joseph Huang Bingzhang incurred excommunication when he was ordained bishop illicitly in the Diocese of Shantou last Thursday (full text of statement).

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said that he was angered by the response to abuse in Cloyne diocese.

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Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak will meet Pope Benedict at Castel Gandolfo today in an effort to reach out to beleaguered Christians in his country.

Bishop Cesare Mazzolari of Rumbek, South Sudan, died after he collapsed at Mass on Saturday aged 74.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn presided over the Requiem Mass of Archduke Otto von Habsburg on Saturday. The last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary’s heart was then buried in the Benedictine Abbey in Pannonhalma, near Budapest (photos, video).

Fr Luis Garza is to step down as vicar general of the Legion of Christ.

And those who are unable to go to World Youth Day in person next month can now send an avatar on a “virtual pilgrimage” to Madrid.

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