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As Benedict XVI celebrates his 83rd birthday today, Rome Reports reflects on his papacy so far (video).

The Eucharist is the centre and permanent source of the Petrine ministry, Pope Benedict told Brazilian bishops on their ad limina visit yesterday (video).

Victor Simpson previews the Pope’s trip to Malta this weekend.

Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, has issued a letter to the world’s priests (full text).

Critics have accused the new Archbishop of Olinda and Recife of defending an abortion performed on an abused girl that generated headlines around the world.

A new Vatican web page now offers links to all the Church’s major statements on abuse.

Peter Brown wonders if the Catholic Church is simply too big.

And Thomas Fox profiles a nun who has improved the lives of thousands of the poorest Filipinos.

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