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

During yesterday’s Angelus address Benedict XVI said he would travel to the Middle East later this week “under the sign of peace“.

Cardinal Vinko Puljić of Sarajevo and Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej issued a joint appeal for global peace at a liturgy in the Bosnian capital yesterday.

Rimsha Masih, the Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy, was released from jail yesterday and taken by helicopter to a secret location for her own safety.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian Christian who faced the death sentence for apostasy, was freed on Saturday.

English Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton has urged Catholics to mark the Year of Faith by praying openly in their workplaces at 3pm on the first Friday of each month.

Fr Federico Lombardi previews Pope Benedict’s three-day trip to Lebanon, which begins on Friday.

The New York Times calls for the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St Joseph following his conviction for failing to report child abuse.

Robert Dean Lurie says “it is impossible to overstate the influence of Catholicism” on beat writer Jack Kerouac.

And Vatican Radio has unveiled an app for Android smartphones (video).