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Pope Benedict XVI gave the urbi et orbi blessing before a packed St Peter’s Square yesterday (video, full text, photos).

In his homily at the Easter Vigil, the Pope reflected on the meaning of eternal life (video, full text).

The Pope said that love is the only force that can change the world at the end of the Good Friday Way of the Cross at the Colosseum (video, full text of Pope’s reflection, full text of Cardinal Ruini’s meditations).

On Holy Thursday, Pope Benedict said that Jesus “challenges us to a constant examination of conscience” (video, full text).

On Saturday, Fr Federico Lombardi issued a statement on the “Teta case” following a report by AP.

On Friday, the New York Times offered more background on the Murphy case and published an interview with a man abused by Fr Peter Hullermann.

Geoffrey Robertson QC has claimed that the Pope could be prosecuted for “systematic sex crimes“. AP reports that other lawyers disagree with him.

John Allen wonders if it’s still possible to find middle ground on Pope Benedict.

Fr Thomas Reese SJ reflects on what Europe can learn from the US abuse crisis.

Peggy Noonan argues that both the media and the Pope deserve credit for confronting the abuse crisis.

The maternity unit of the St John and Elizabeth Hospital in London is to close.

The husband of St Gianna Beretti Molla has died, aged 97.

A French bishop has apologised after a drunken priest punched a mourner at a funeral.

And the New York Times profiles film director and priest Fr Eddie Siebert SJ.

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