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

Bishops must resist “intolerant” agnosticism, Benedict XVI said as he ordained four archbishops, including his personal secretary, on the feast of the Epiphany yesterday (full text, video).

French president François Hollande has defended a minister who said Catholic schools should be neutral on same-marriage marriage, ahead of a mass rally against the legalisation of gay marriage on January 13.

Catholics Come Home, the American organisation that has brought thousands back to the practise of the faith, has launched a redesigned website (video).

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John Allen names the five least well-reported Vatican stories of the past year.

Christopher Howse explains why the new service book of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham contains verse by TS Eliot.

Joan Acocella of the New Yorker hails the saint who “often would dance, weep, make animal sounds, strip to his underwear or play the zither“.

And Emily Hurt argues that Christmas isn’t over yet.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

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