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

Benedict XVI will receive Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party, in a ground-breaking audience today (video).

Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired Archbishop of Los Angeles, has apologised after new documents showed that he and a senior priest discussed how to conceal child abuse from police (full documents).

The Rev Martin Junge, secretary of the International Lutheran Federation, has said that the creation of an ordinariate for groups of former Lutherans would have “serious ecumenical repercussions”.

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On the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston says the pro-life movement is “not about crushing the enemy, but reaching out to people“.

The Guardian claims it has revealed “the fascist origins of the papacy’s wealth“.

Phil Lawler is disappointed by Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi’s intervention in the American gun control debate.

And Pope Benedict blessed a lamb yesterday in a traditional ceremony on the feast of St Agnes (video).

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

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