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The 10 most important Catholic moments of the decade

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A couple of weeks ago I asked you to tell me what you thought were the 10 most significant Catholic events of the Noughties. Thank you for your excellent response. Here the results, in rough order of importance:

1) The last days and death of John Paul II (April 2, 2005)

2) The election of Pope Benedict XVI (April 19, 2005)

2) John Paul II’s visit to the Holy Land (March 20-26, 2000)

3) The Ryan and Murphy reports (May 20, 2009 and November 26, 2009)

4) World Youth Days (Rome 2000, Toronto 2002, Cologne 2005, Sydney 2008)

5) Regensburg address (September 12, 2006)

6) Summorum Pontificum (July 7, 2007)

7) The Jubilee prayer for forgiveness for sins of Church members (March 12, 2000)

8) Anglicanorum coetibus (November 4, 2009)

9) The publication of the Third Secret of Fatima (May 13, 2000)

10) The new English Mass translation (March 28, 2001- )

Are there any outrageous omissions? Should one event be ranked above another? If so, just leave a comment, letting me know what and why.

List lovers should also check out John Allen’s “biggest Vatican stories of the decade”.

All photos: Catholic News Service