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

A judge in Pakistan has granted bail to Rimsha Masih, the Christian girl accused of blasphemy, paving the way for her release.

A judge has sentenced American Bishop Robert Finn to two years on probation for failure to report suspected child abuse.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York prayed for “those waiting to be born” at the Democratic National Convention immediately after President Barack Obama’s address yesterday.

A new study suggests that 13 per cent of church-going American Catholic women “completely accept the Church’s teachings on family planning” (PDF of full report).

Faith is in danger of becoming “a game of the intellect“, Pope Benedict has said at the end of the Ratzinger Schülerkreis meeting on ecumenism.

Donna D’Errico, a former Baywatch star and Playboy Playmate, says that she prays the rosary every night with her children.

And Robert Pigott visits a Benedictine abbey offering young men a “monastic gap year” (video).

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