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

The College of Cardinals has invited Catholics around the world to join them in an hour of prayer this afternoon (PDF of prayer booklet, watch live).

The new Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako was enthroned in Baghdad today amid tight security.

The Scottish Charity Regulator has confirmed that a Catholic adoption agency will lose its charitable status unless it offers its services to same-sex couples by April 22.

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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has published a “dirty dozen” list of cardinals it doesn’t want to be elected pope.

Three quarters of American Catholics support Pope Benedict’s decision to resign, a poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS News has found.

John Thavis argues that the next pope should “reform – or perhaps even suppress – the Vatican bank“.

And Cardinal John Onaiyekan says that a fellow cardinal has assured him that “the next pope is already chosen by the Holy Spirit … it’s our job to discover him“.

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

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