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

Benedict XVI recalled his visit to Benin at his general audience this morning (video).

Pope Benedict will visit Rebibbia Prison in Rome on December 18, the fourth Sunday of Advent, the Vatican announced today.

The German Church is to sell its stake in a company that publishes pornographic books after Cardinal Joachim Meisner said: “We cannot earn money during the week with what we preach against on Sundays.”

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Three Italian Capuchin missionaries have died in a car accident in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Pope has accepted the resignation of Bishop Séamus Hegarty of Derry, meaning that seven Irish sees are currently vacant.

George Weigel calls for “a major downsizing of the Irish dioceses“.

Geoffrey Robertson has released a 19-page epilogue to his controversial book The Case of the Pope (PDF of full text).

UCA News profiles a Hong Kong priest who has created a popular Chinese breviary app for smartphones.

Sherry Anne Weddell fact-checks a Vatican Insider story claiming that 34,000 new people join the Catholic Church each day.

And Paolo Rodari reveals which member of the College of Cardinals has the most Twitter followers.

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