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Caritas has launched an ambitious campaign, Zero Poverty, aimed at completely eradicating child poverty (official website here).

Douglas Alexander, Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development, has personally thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his urgent appeal for Haiti.

The head of the Legion of Christ has urged members of the embattled congregation to be charitable towards one another.

Yesterday the Pope received seven more English and Welsh bishops on their ad limina visit to Rome.

Cardinal Walter Kasper has clashed with the head of Germany’s Evangelical Federation, the EKD, over Pope Benedict.

Thomas Peters offers more details about the next Archbishop of Los Angeles.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver says America’s high divorce rate is a sign of Satan’s continuing activity.

George Weigel hails the “pro-life, pro-marriage” environmentalism of Pope Benedict XVI.

Rocco Palmo wonders when the Pope will bring the College of Cardinals back up to its full voting complement of 120.

Edward Pentin talks to Cardinal Peter Turkson, the most senior African in the Roman Curia.

Villanova University has finished photographing St Peter’s Basilica in order to create a breathtaking virtual tour.

Sandro Magister asks why priests are supporting an adversary of the Church in a local Italian election.

Michèle Nuzzo-Naglieri profiles the priests and bishops who are already responding to the Pope’s call to evangelise the web.

New Atheist Christopher Hitchens is becoming the bane of liberal Christians.

Vivificat ponders the leaked outline of the Catholic-Orthodox discussion on papal primacy.

Headline Bistro examines the controversy over the pro-life advertisement that will be broadcast during the Superbowl.

Fr Anthony Chadwick speculates on the shape of the liturgy in the future Personal Ordinariates.

The proceedings of a major conference on “Christian Realism and Public Life: Catholic and Protestant Perspectives” at the University of St Thomas are now online (audio and video).

And Patrick Madrid explains how you can pray the Our Father with Pope Pius XII (audio).

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Pope Benedict dedicated his general audience to St Francis of Assisi yesterday (full text here, video here).

The second part of Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth is likely to be the Pope’s last book.

Jeffrey Tucker says Apple’s new iPad could be a boon to sacred music.

And more than 5,000 priests have gathered in the Philippines to mark the Year for Priests.

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January 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm

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The bishops of El Salvador are pressing Pope Benedict XVI to canonise Oscar Romero.

The Anglo-Catholic blog has published the full text of the Traditional Anglican Communion’s 2007 petition to the Holy See.

Terry Sanderson urges secularists to “man the barricades” following the defeat of the Government over the Equality Bill.

Pianist Stephen Hough ponders the revelation that Pope John Paul II mortified himself with a whip.

The chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus has accused President Obama of being “obsessed with promoting abortion”.

And Kevin Clarke writes about the latest twist in the saga of the Apostolic Visitation of US women religious.

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January 27, 2010 at 11:54 am

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Photo: Benedict XVI pictured at Vespers closing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome

Christians are called to offer a common witness in the face of the increasingly complex challenges of our time, Pope Benedict XVI said yesterday at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The House of Lords has rejected the Government’s Equality Bill.

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has issued a leaflet encouraging Catholics to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday.

A senior Polish bishop has reportedly accused Jews of using the Holocaust as a “propaganda weapon”.

On the day that a number of English and Welsh bishops met Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican Radio spoke to Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham (audio).

The Patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola, is to assist at Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Terry Mattingly explains why the mainstream media ignore the annual March for Life.

Brother Stephen, O.Cist, applies lessons from Cistercian history to the effort to define the liturgical patrimony of Anglo-Catholics.

Gemma Simmonds, CJ, says the life of Mary Ward still has much to teach us.

A Benedictine liturgist has criticised Pope Benedict’s liturgical reforms, saying they lack “a historical and cultural approach to the liturgy”.

Father Z makes an appeal for thoughtful supporters of the vernacular Mass.

And Fr Joseph Komonchak wonders why Catholics find it easier to be ruder to other Catholics than to Protestants, Jews and Muslims.

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Pope Benedict XVI has given his support to priest-bloggers in his World Communications Day message (full text here).

The Pope has decided to create a new commission to investigate alleged apparitions at Medjugorje, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said.

We must ask God for the gift of the complete unity of all the disciples of Christ, the Pope said yesterday during his Angelus address (video here).

As the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince was laid to rest, the Pope sent a letter of condolence to the president of Haiti, Vatican Radio reports (audio).

The Archbishop of Canterbury has attended a Mass at Westminster Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols (photos here).

Faith schools “must be absolutely clear about the importance of civil partnerships“, Education Secretary Ed Balls has said.

The Murphy Report has become an unlikely bestseller in Ireland.

The new Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has been installed, succeeding the slain Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho.

An eight-month-old boy is being cared for after being taken from his home in Nottinghamshire and abandoned on the steps of an Irish cathedral.

A pro-life advertisement will air during this year’s Superbowl.

The Guardian publishes an approving profile of “America’s last late-term abortionist“.

No Hidden Magenta wonders why pro-lifers have embraced the pro-choice Scott Brown.

Simon Sarmiento accuses the churches of panicking over the Equality Bill.

Fr Ray Blake says Benedict XVI’s policy on distributing Holy Communion at papal liturgies is “absurd and nonsensical“.

Adam Kirsch says Hans Küng offers Judaism backhanded praise in his latest book.

James Wood reflects on how preachers deal with natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti.

Francis X Clooney SJ says we shouldn’t completely dismiss Pat Robertson’s comments about Haiti and Peter Schineller SJ considers whether the Church supports “the right to loot“.

And Pope Benedict has announced plans to build a second Vatican on the moon by the year 2017 (audio).

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Rocco Palmo applauds the appointment of a woman, Dr Flaminia Giovanelli, to a high-ranking post in the Roman Curia.

Pope Benedict XVI gave the traditional blessing of lambs on the feast of St Agnes yesterday (video here).

Cardinal Bertone will remain in his post as Vatican Secretary of State even though he has reached the age of retirement.

Giles Pinnock reports on the funeral Mass of Mgr Graham Leonard, the former Anglican Bishop of London.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, speaks to Vatican Radio about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (audio).

The Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Rev Michael Scott-Joynt, has described the Equality Bill as “irrational and ignorant”.

As many as 30 seminarians were killed in the Haiti earthquake, Zenit reports.

Fr David Jaeger gives an insight into the delicate state of relations between Israel and the Holy See.

William Saletan uncovers the practice of sex-selection abortion in the United States.

The Mirror of Justice has begun its discussion of John Allen’s important new book The Future Church.

And American bishop who is due for retirement has earned the ultimate accolade: he has become a bobblehead.

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Cardinal Danneels’s successor is getting off to a flying start in Belgium.

Pope Benedict XVI devoted his general audience yesterday to the quest for Christian unity (full text here, video here).

Canon David Richardson of Rome’s Anglican Centre talks to Vatican Radio about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (audio).

Cardinal George Pell is to be the patron of a new Catholic independent college in Oxford.

Scott Brown, the new senator-elect from Massachusetts, has raised over $5m for a community of Cistercian nuns. Joseph Bottum of First Things reflects on the meaning of Brown’s dramatic victory.

A teenage girl in America who converted from Islam to Christianity will be allowed to live away from her Muslim parents.

The Anglo-Catholic blog notes the revival of interest in rood screens in the Catholic world.

And Fr James Martin SJ explains how to get an “St” in front of your name.

Written by Luke Coppen

January 21, 2010 at 11:53 am