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

Benedict XVI recalled his personal memories of Vatican II at his general audience this morning on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Council (full text, video).

The Vatican has released short extracts from the third and final volume of Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth trilogy (video).

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told the synod of bishops in Rome yesterday that Confession is “the primary sacrament of the new evangelisation” (video).

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Egyptian authorities have released two Coptic Christian boys accused of desecrating the Koran after the case against them collapsed.

Fr Ray Blake suggests that new CDF prefect Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller “intends to do something” about Masses for gay Catholics in London.

Steven Hepburn marks the 30th anniversary of the canonisation of Auschwitz martyr St Maximilian Kolbe.

And Fr Tim Finigan welcomes the return of former Church of England priest Fr John Hunwicke to the Catholic blogosphere.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

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