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

In a break with tradition the new pope will pray before the Blessed Sacrament before he appears on the balcony of St Peter’s, a Vatican spokesman said yesterday.

Pakistani Christians clashed with police in Lahore on Monday as they protested after a mob razed more than 150 Christian homes.

A study commissioned by the Dutch Church has reported widespread abuse of girls in Catholic institutions from 1945 to 2010.

Almost half a million people have now adopted a cardinal to pray for during the conclave.

John Allen considers how the new pope will spend his first few days.

Stephen Hough argues that “a repentant Cardinal Keith O’Brien should be in Rome with the cardinals this week“.

And the BBC’s Philippa Thomas offers a guide to the conclave inside a “virtual Sistine Chapel” (video).

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