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

Benedict XVI expressed “great apprehension” about “the dramatic and growing incidents of violence in Syria” in his Angelus address yesterday (video).

The American bishops have rejected the Obama administration’s proposed compromise on a rule forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception.

Fr Jeffrey Steenson was installed as the head of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter at a Mass in Houston, Texas, yesterday (full text of installation homily, photos).

The new structure for groups of former Anglicans in Australia will be called the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott of Melbourne has said.

Pope Benedict will help to fund the restoration of St Augustine Basilica in Annaba, Algeria, Vatican Radio has said.

Jeffrey Lena, a lawyer who represents the Vatican in the American courts, has welcomed the dismissal of a lawsuit against the Holy See that generated global headlines in 2010.

Fr Federico Lombardi says that last week’s Vatican conference on abuse was an intense and spiritual experience.

John Allen considers why the Vatican has adopted an aggressive PR strategy in response to recent bad publicity.

Mulier Fortis welcomes the appointment of Bishop Nicolas Brouwet as the new Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes.

And Dylan Parry urges Pope Benedict to accept a lifetime honorary membership of the German football team Bayern Munich.