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

Shia and Sunni clerics, including a Salafist leader, have expressed support for Pope Benedict’s visit to Lebanon this week, reports the Lebanese Daily Star.

The Holy See has hired René Brülhart, a 40-year-old Swiss lawyer, to help it fight financial crimes such as money laundering.

Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk has said that the Iraqi “hierarchy has become tired” and divided.

A gay couple in America is suing a Catholic diocese for allegedly refusing to sell them a property over concerns they would host same-sex weddings.

The National Catholic Reporter says that Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St Joseph “must either resign or be removed“.

John Allen argues that Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi is “the most interesting man in the Catholic Church“.

Fr James Martin SJ says that even The New Yorker is praising the Cristo Rey Network of Catholic schools.

And former Baywatch star and Playboy Playmate Donna D’Errico explains how to return to the faith after falling “into a life of sin”.

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