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

The faithful must acknowledge the “good things done by the various ecclesial realities” outside the Catholic Church, Benedict XVI said at the Angelus yesterday (full text of English remarks).

A boy was killed and six children critically injured when a grenade was thrown into a Sunday school class in the Kenyan capital Nairobi yesterday (photos).

English Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has said that Pope Benedict personally denied his request to be allowed to sit in the House of Lords.

Vatican judges will cross-examine papal butler Paolo Gabriele tomorrow following the start of his trial last Saturday (video).

Next Sunday the Pope will proclaim two new Doctors of the ChurchSt Hildegard of Bingen and St John of Ávila – at a Mass opening the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelisation (video).

John Allen says that “Christianity is actually booming” in parts of the Middle East.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi looks ahead to the Pope’s visit to Loreto on Thursday.

Matthew Shadle says the concerns of young Catholic moral theologians are strikingly different to those of the immediate post-Vatican II generation.

And Jeff Passan profiles an American major league baseball prospect who abandoned the sport to enter religious life.