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Benedict XVI described Mary as “the perfect disciple of Jesus” in his address before the Regina Caeli yesterday (video).

The Pope’s four-day trip to Portugal will begin tomorrow despite the closure of some Portuguese airspace because of volcanic ash (video).

Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg on Saturday.

The Pontiff urged Belgian bishops to promote vocations when he met them on their ad limina visit on Saturday (video).

China’s state-approved Church has begun to ordain Vatican-approved bishops after a break of more than two years.

The All India Christian Council says that communal violence against Christians is continuing (audio).

A politician has urged the Dutch Church to open an independent investigation into claims of clerical abuse from 1945 to the present day.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has appointed a new child protection officer for the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols revealed more details of the Pope’s visit to Britain during a question-and-answer session with journalists last week.

John Cornwell claims that Cardinal Newman “was utterly opposed to the idea of his own beatification”.

The Very Rev Colin Slee, the Dean of Southwark, urges disillusioned Catholics to join the Church of England.

Francis X Clooney SJ praises the latest teaching document of the Bishops of England and Wales.

The New York Times profiles Fr Robert Bowers, a priest at the “intersection of faith and doubt”.

Mgr Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, discusses the ethics of journalism.

Jamie Manson lays down a challenge to “old progressives” in the Church.

And Marcel LeJeune names the Church documents that every Catholic ought to read.

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