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Benedict XVI is reportedly preparing to sign “a special document that will prevent child molestation cases within the Church and would punish those who commit those crimes”.

The Pope dedicated yesterday’s general audience to St Anthony of Padua (brief address in English here, full text here).

Yesterday he also met a Lutheran delegation led by Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (text of Pope’s address here).

A former Jesuit provincial in Ireland has called for a national synod to deal with “institutional dysfunctionality” in the Church.

Students have criticised the University of Glasgow’s decision to honour Archbishop Mario Conti.

Thieves have stolen copper from a Catholic church in Berkshire for a sixth time.

Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, has opened the first national congress of Catholic priests in India.

Vatican Archbishop Agostino Marchetto has urged the Apostleship of the Sea to promote the dignity of fishermen.

A former official of the Roman Curia argues that Personal Ordinariates for ex-Anglicans will need to be assembled before launch with the care and precision of “an Airfix Dreadnought“.

Canonist Dr Edward Peters explains how critics can respond to Albany diocese’s controversial needle exchange programme.

“Between those who deny the Pope entirely and those who worship him we live in unbalanced and spiritually dangerous times,” says TAC priest Fr Anthony Chadwick.

The founder of the Franciscan Centre in Istanbul reflects on St Francis of Assisi’s celebrated encounter with Sultan Malik-al-Kamil in 1219.

Shawn Tribe of the New Liturgical Movement offers some suggestions for Lent, which begins next week.

Southern Orders blog ponders the “theology of crumbs“.

“Father Tim” of Irish Central argues that Pope Benedict XVI is “like a Toyota“.

And blogger Rebecca Ryskind Teti explains what Catholic women really want for Valentine’s Day.

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