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

Christians “must never be discouraged in proclaiming Christ to all men“, Benedict XVI said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text).

Thousands of Knights of Malta processed through St Peter’s Square on Saturday for a papal Mass celebrating the order’s 900th anniversary (video, full text).

Patriarch Bechara Rai, head of the Maronite Church in Lebanon, has compared the conflict in Syria to the “futile” Lebanese Civil War during a visit to Damascus.

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The Archdiocese of Los Angeles took $115m (£73m, €86m) from a cemetery maintenance fund to pay a clerical abuse settlement, the LA Times reports.

John Allen considers how Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has managed to defy the “Sodano rule”, forbidding churchmen from criticising cardinals publicly.

Moral theologian Janet E Smith explains why teenage girls should watch Downton Abbey.

And Professor Antonio Casilli urges @Pontifex to feed the trolls on Twitter.

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

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Thursday, February 14

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