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

Catholics should not allow their faith to be reduced to “practices of a secondary custom“, Benedict XVI said at the Angelus yesterday (full text of English remarks, video).

In the final interview before his death last Friday Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini argued that “the Church must admit its mistakes and begin a radical change, starting from the Pope and the bishops” (full text, video).

Authorities in Pakistan have remanded an imam in custody for allegedly planting pages of the Koran on a Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy.

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American Archbishop Henry Mansell of Hartford has rebuked a priest for taking part in a same-sex marriage ceremony.

Police in England have obtained a European Arrest Warrant for Lawrence Soper, a former priest accused of sex offences who failed to answer bail.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi SJ suggests that Cardinal Martini will serve as an inspiration for the new evangelisation.

Agnostic Anglican Harry Mount applauds the Catholic Church for saving Latin from extinction once again.

And organisers have invited sprinter Usain Bolt to speak at a TEDx conference on religious freedom at the Vatican.

For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen

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