Benedict XVI urged the faithful to pray for peace throughout the world in his first Angelus address of the year yesterday (video).
The Pope created a personal ordinariate in the United States and Canada for groups of former Anglicans yesterday (PDF of decree, official website, Twitter).
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin appealed for “a mature dialogue between Church and society in Ireland” at a Mass attended by Irish prime minister Enda Kenny yesterday.
English Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster has asked whether the Church should “maintain schools that are Catholic in name only” in a New Year pastoral letter (PDF of full text, response from teacher Michael Merrick).
And Rome Reports previews 10 major events at the Vatican in 2012 (video).
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