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

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said the Church must focus on adult religious education following a survey this week showing a steep decline in religious belief in Ireland.

A senior Indian Church official has backed calls for a new law that would charge participants in sex-selective abortions with murder.

The American Franciscan Action Network has accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of “demeaning” the poor.

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The Crystal Cathedral in California could become “the most significant Catholic cultural centre in the world outside of the Vatican“, a charity spokesman has said.

A growing number of Irish priests are reportedly using iPads during Mass.

Lord Guthrie, a former SAS commander and Catholic convert tells Edward Pentin that the Allied bombing of Dresden was morally wrong.

Alberto Carosa argues that accusations that Pope Benedict is neglecting the plight of Cuban dissidents “are without foundation”.

David Gibson suggests that traditional female religious orders in America “are not doing that much better than the liberal communities” in terms of vocations.

Ross Douthat ponders what the assembly of the American Leadership Conference on Women Religious (LCWR) means for the future of Christianity.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York reveals that during his recent ad limina visit the Pope and curial officials “offered some chiding”.

And the Russian supreme court has overturned an appeal from a man who is seeking to force the judiciary to recognise his ownership of the Vatican.

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