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

Yesterday Benedict XVI completed a three-day trip to Benin, which included a visit to the tomb of Cardinal Benardin Gantin, the publication of the apostolic exhortation Africae Munus, a meeting with children and a large open-air Mass (full texts, videos, John Allen’s reports and analysis).

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has claimed that there is little doubt that Shakespeare was a Catholic.

Carl Olson disagrees with Michael Gerson’s claim that President Obama’s strategy for winning the Catholic vote at next year’s election is “in shambles”.

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And blogger Laurence England picks up his guitar to celebrate Summorum Pontificum, the apostolic letter liberating the traditional Latin Mass, and Universae Ecclesiae, the instruction clarifying the apostolic letter.

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