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Rocco Palmo reports on a growing clerical backlash against Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.

Cardinal Franc Rodé, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, sees a “crisis” among religious orders today.

The Vatican is preparing a new document on lay brothers.

Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott of Melbourne, a former Anglo-Catholic, assesses the Pope’s outreach to Anglicans (Christian Campbell responds).

Vatican Cardinal Paul Cordes offers a guide to the Pope’s Lenten message (full text of message here).

Pope Benedict has given his blessing to participants in this year’s
Winter Olympics.

The Pontifical Sistine Choir is looking for new singers.

No Hidden Magenta considers the impact of a “bioethics bombshell“.

CNN profiles a Mexican priest on the front line in the drug wars in Ciudad Juarez.

Catholics at Catholic colleges less likely to stray from the Church, a study has found.

Tom Hoopes says recent deaths have left a “Catholic greatness void”.

Blogger Paulinus unveils a cunning plan to thwart the National Secular Society.

Fr Dwight Longenecker has an epiphany while celebrating Mass.

Fr James Martin SJ reveals that he has a knack for guessing Oscar winners.

Michael Sean Winters is revolted by the National Prayer Breakfast.

And Cranmer imagines what an American pope might look like.

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