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

In his final Angelus address Benedict XVI told an estimated 100,000 pilgrims that he would continue to serve the Church with “the same dedication and the same love” after his abdication on Thursday (full text, video).

Pope Benedict is considering the allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” against Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, a Vatican spokesman has said.

The Pope thanked members of the Curia for bearing “the weight of the Petrine ministry” with him over the past eight years at the end of his Lenten retreat on Saturday (full text, video).

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The Vatican Secretariat of State has criticised the publication of “unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories” following Pope Benedict’s resignation (full text, video, Fr Federico Lombardi’s editorial).

The Vatican has confirmed that the next pope will be free to use the @Pontifex Twitter account.

John Allen gives 10 reasons why next month’s conclave will be different from all 74 previous ones.

And a new website is urging Catholics to “adopt a cardinal” ahead of the conclave.

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

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