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

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay almost $10m (£6.7m, €7.7m) to settle four clerical abuse cases.

Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak celebrated his inaugural Mass as the new leader of the Coptic Catholic Church yesterday.

Police in Burundi have shot dead at least six people belonging to a breakaway Catholic group led by a woman who claims to see apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

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George Weigel and Michael Novak discuss whether “Evangelical Catholicism” will transform the Church.

Fr Jeronimo Pereira Silva considers the liturgical leanings of papabili Cardinal Odilo Scherer.

New York Times science writer Henry Fountain explains how the Vatican creates black and white smoke.

And the Los Angeles Times reports that the television series The Borgias, starring Jeremy Irons, isn’t going down well in Italy.

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

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