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

South African Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale has offered his condolences to Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, who is currently leading the Pope’s Lenten retreat, after the cardinal’s nephew was murdered in Johannesburg.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has appealed for clemency for Linda Carty, a British Catholic grandmother facing execution in Texas.

Joe Biden, the Catholic vice-president of the United States, has said that the Obama administration bungled the introduction of the contraception mandate.

The Vatican has published Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for March.

Brennan Pursell imagines what a Catholic centrist party in the United States would look like.

Dylan Parry praises the creator of a three-part BBC documentary about the lives of English Catholics.

And a vocations video produced by the Dominicans in Washington DC has gained over 10,000 hits on YouTube (video).