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Benedict XVI called the Shroud an “icon written with blood” during his visit to Turin on Sunday (full text).

Before venerating the Shroud, the Pope greeted thousands of young people gathered in St Charles Square (audio).

The Pontiff also celebrated Mass in the square for the faithful of Turin archdiocese (video, homily text).

On Saturday the Vatican issued a statement condemning Fr Marcial Maciel and ordering the reform of the Legion of Christ (video). Sandro Magister comments.

Traditionalist Church of England bishops have told Vatican officials they are ready to accept the Pope’s offer of a Personal Ordinariate, the Sunday Telegraph reports. Christian Campbell comments.

The Foreign Office has put a senior diplomat in charge of its papal visit team following outrage over the memo mocking the Pope.

India’s Catholic bishops have recommended a zero-tolerance policy on clerical abuse.

Cardinal Jaime Ortega persuaded the Cuban authorities to allow a group of women known as the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) to hold a protest march yesterday.

Cardinal Roger Mahony led a march in Los Angeles on Saturday in protest at Arizona’s new immigration law.

Fr John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, has issued a statement on the pro-life activists arrested on campus last year.

A second Brazilian rancher has been jailed for ordering the murder of Sister Dorothy Stang in 2005.

The number of Polish candidates for the priesthood has fallen by 30 per cent, the Telegraph reports.

A piece of the plane that killed Polish president Lech Kaczyński will be embedded into the covering of the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa.

The Serbian Orthodox Church has glorified (canonised) one of modern Orthodoxy’s harshest critics of ecumenism and the papacy.

Mother Clare Millea, leader of the Apostolic Visitation of US women religious, talks to the National Catholic Register.

Cardinal William Levada outlines a “new apologetics”.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver discusses John Paul II’s theology of the body (video).

And Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson writes an open letter to Pope Benedict in the wake of the abuse crisis.

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