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Lord Patten is overseeing preparations for the state aspects of the Pope's visit (Mazur/www.thepapalvisit.org.uk)

Papal visit ‘will put an end to any Catholic feeling like a second-class citizen’

Bishop Walter Mixa (Photo: PA)

The bizarre case of a bishop at the heart of the German hierarchy’s fiercest public fight

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/07/10

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

Cardinal chastised for critical remarks

Pope talks to Cardinal Schönborn over his critical comments towards a fellow cardinal

Pope makes forthright remarks about state of the Church

Cardinal hopes to be a ‘wounded healer’

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor tells Irish priests that he dwells on his ‘painful failure’ in abuse case

Year for Priests has brought new radiance to priesthood, says Pope

Pope Benedict XVI: Year for Priests helped the Church to grow in gratitude for the gift of the priesthood
• Comment: The past year has lifted the morale of the priesthood
• In pictures: Archbishop Nichols solemnly closes the Year of Priests

Canon Daniel Cronin says the sheer volume of prayers directed at clergy will make a difference