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

Benedict XVI addressed the closing Mass of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress via video yesterday and announced that the next congress will be held in Cebu City in the Philippines (papal full text, Cardinal Marc Ouellet homily, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin address, John Allen analysis).

At least 10 people were killed and more than 50 injured in a bomb blast at Christ the King Catholic Cathedral in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, yesterday.

The Catholic Health Association, which represents America’s Catholic hospitals, has withdrawn its support for the Obama administration’s contraception mandate compromise.

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Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St Pius X (SSPX), will not respond to the Holy See’s offer until the end of the society’s general chapter on July 14, reports Jean-Marie Guénois of Le Figaro.

Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke has said he believes that “reconciliation will take place” between the Holy See and the SSPX.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi says that “we must neither forget nor abandon Syria”.

Matthew Warner considers how the Vatican’s purchase of the top-level domain “.catholic” would change the Church.

Fr Ray Blake explains why he’s “not in favour of the current trend for frequent Exposition” of the Blessed Sacrament.

Megan Garber traces the history of the Crystal Cathedral, the Californian megachurch that is becoming a Catholic cathedral.

Phil Lawler asks whether members of the American Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) have “wandered off the Catholic reservation”.

And Esther Inglis-Arkel investigates why spaceships appear in some medieval depictions of the Crucifixion.

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