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

It was not “a chance occurrence” that the first text approved at the Second Vatican Council was on liturgy, Benedict XVI said at today’s general audience (full text, video).

The Canadian bishops have blocked a new campaign by their official aid agency on the grounds that it is too political.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has criticised the New York City Department of Education’s decision to give the morning-after pill to children without parental consent (full text).

A Muslim man is to stand trial in Egypt after he tore up a copy of the Bible outside the American embassy in Cairo.

Fr John Boyle asks if the German bishops’ ruling barring those who fail to pay “church tax” from the sacraments violates canon law.

Samuel Gregg tells World Politics Review why the Holy See is a powerful force in global diplomacy.

And Joan Sheen Cunningham recalls what it was like to have the Venerable Fulton Sheen as an uncle.

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