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Mgr Charles Scicluna, the Vatican official in charge of abuse investigations, has given a rare and outspoken interview to the Times of Malta.

The bishops of Malta have issued a pastoral letter ahead of Pope Benedict’s visit to the island on Saturday.

Benedict XVI will visit Cyprus on July 4-6.

Richard Dawkins has distanced himself from a Sunday Times report claiming that he will arrest Pope Benedict during his September visit to Britain. Lawyer Neil Addison says he is relying on “a rubbish legal argument“. Law professor Kal Raustiala disagrees.

BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme says Archbishop Vincent Nichols is “taking legal advice” over an “unwarranted slur” in a Times report on Saturday (audio from 26:08).

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph has reported on an abuse case in the Diocese of Leeds.

AP claimed on Friday that the future Pope had delayed punishing a paedophile priest. Author Phil Lawler, lawyer Jeffrey Lena, journalist John Norton and priest Fr Joseph Fessio debunk the claim.

The PR guru who guided the US bishops out of their abuse crisis says he is “in agony” watching the Vatican fail to communicate effectively.

Ronald Goldfarb, a Washington attorney and expert on confidentiality law, argues that the Church must lift the seal of the confessional.

Writing in the Jerusalem Post, Alon Goshen-Gottstein says critics should have read Fr Raniero Cantalamessa’s Good Friday homily more carefully.

Fr Z unveils a logo to mark biased coverage of Pope Benedict and the abuse scandal.

Fr Philip Powell, OP, explains what lay Catholics can do in response to the scandals.

And the Onion makes a refreshingly inoffensive joke about Pope Benedict.

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