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

The Virgin Mary perfectly embodies the spirit of Advent,” Benedict XVI said in his Angelus address yesterday.

The Pope also welcomed the beatification of Devasahayam Pillai, an 18th-century convert from Hinduism, in Kottar, India, yesterday.

Pope Benedict has issued an apostolic letter, De Caritate Ministranda, providing “an organic legislative framework for the better overall ordering” of the Church’s charitable activities.

The former rector of America’s largest Episcopal church and pastor of George H W Bush has become a Catholic, joining the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia argues that “Catholic life needs to be reignited“.

Joe Luedtke wonders if the Pope should create an “Archdiocese of the Internet“.

And a song called “Love Cannot Be Silenced”, by Sister Kathy Sherman, has become “an anthem” for supporters of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) (full song).

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