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

Benedict XVI concluded his catechesis on prayer and looked forward to his visit to Lebanon at his general audience this morning (video).

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the Bishops’ Conference of India, has denounced police who desecrated two statues of the Virgin Mary during a raid on a church in Tamil Nadu.

Priests in Poland have launched the world’s first magazine devoted to exorcism.

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Orla Guerin speaks to the family of Rimsha Masih, the Pakistani child accused of blasphemy (video).

Christopher White profiles Helen Alvaré, the Catholic law professor described by Salon.com as “birth control’s worst enemy”.

Barney Zwartz investigates what really happened at the Second Vatican Council, which began 50 years ago next month.

And the organisers of World Youth Day in Rio have launched 70 products, including backpacks, bracelets and medals, to promote the event (video).

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

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