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The Pope is expected to name Archbishop Velasio DePaolis the Apostolic Delegate to the Legion of Christ.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York are reportedly preparing to make a last-ditch effort to prevent thousands of traditionalists leaving the Church of England.

The Vatican’s spokesman expressed “esteem and solidarity” with Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe yesterday as it emerged that police are investigating the Archbishop of Naples for alleged corruption.

Benedict XVI made an urgent appeal for peace in southern Kyrgyzstan and prayed for the world’s refugees after the Angelus on Sunday (full text, video).

Pope Benedict ordained 14 new priests for the Diocese of Rome in St Peter’s Basilica yesterday (hfull text).

A Vatican spokesman has denied reports that the disgraced former Archbishop of Poznań, Juliusz Paetz, is to be “rehabilitated”.

Zenit publishes the final part of Pope Benedict’s question-and-answer session with priests.

Fr Edward Daly welcomes the Saville report into Bloody Sunday.

Commonweal responds to criticism by the US bishops of its stance on the healthcare bill.

John Allen points out the “elephants in the room” of the Catholic debate on healthcare reform.

Kevin O’Rourke looks at “the complicated reasons behind an abortion at a Catholic hospital” in Phoenix.

George Weigel describes the alternative to “Catholic Lite”.

Karl Giberson urges Christians not to vilify the New Atheists.

Joanna Bogle profiles Catholic Voices, which aims to transform the media image of Catholicism during the Pope’s visit to Britain.

Austen Ivereigh applauds Archbishop Vincent Nichols’s efforts to promote the papal visit.

Rocco Palmo reports on the remarkable success of the iBreviary app for the iPhone.

And Fr Z wonders if the iPad will replace the altar missal.

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Benedict XVI described priests as “a gift from the heart of Christ” before the Angelus in St Peter’s Square yesterday.

The Age suggests that Cardinal Pell’s appointment as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops was “blocked by elements in the Vatican”. Rorate Caeli considers the other candidates for the post.

A Slovenian student who was tortured and killed by Communists during World War II was beatified on Sunday.

Danish police are hunting a Dutch nun in relation to the death of an elderly Sister in 1993.

Some 2,000 people have taken part in a march accusing Kerala’s Catholic bishops of political “meddling”.

Rome Reports examines preparations for the beatification of Cardinal Newman (video).

Mark Miravalle reflects on Benedict XVI’s “turn towards Mary”.

Maureen Mullarkey challenges the “popular myth” of idyllic coexistence between Muslims, Christians and Jews in Spain.

And Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth has laid the foundation stone of one of the world’s first environmentally friendly parish churches.

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Pope Benedict XVI said the Beatitudes offer “a new horizon of justice” in his Angelus address yesterday, after visiting a Caritas shelter for the homeless in Rome (Angelus video here, full text of Caritas address here).

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham has issued his first pastoral letter.

A petition urging the British Government not to pay a penny for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain has gathered 20,000 signatures and will be handed in at Downing Street on March 4.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said that Britons no longer know how to deal with death.

The Equality Bill’s report stage will take place on March 2.

The report stage and third reading of a Bill making sex education compulsory for 16-year-olds will take place on February 23.

The BBC is to broadcast a three-part documentary featuring Francis Campbell, the British Ambassador to the Holy See.

The Franciscans have announced that they are giving up their British mother house.

John Allen previews Pope Benedict’s summit with the Irish bishops this week, while Colum Kenny argues that it is more about power than justice.

The Pope has picked a Czech bishop once jailed and forced into factory work under Communism to lead Prague archdiocese.

The Pope has urged members of the Pontifical Academy for Life to protect and safeguard human life (video, full text).

Benedict XVI has led a lectio divina meditation at the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary (video).

The Church must “open its arms to all migrants“, a Vatican congress has declared.

Pope Benedict is tipped to make as many as four new Asian cardinals at the next consistory, expected in October.

This Friday an ordinary public consistory will be held for the canonisation of six Blesseds.

Police in Philadelphia have arrested a priest for possession of cocaine.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley has written to female religious in Boston archdiocese urging them to cooperate with the Apostolic Visitation of US women religious.

George Weigel says the Obama administration is pushing an “anorexic” notion of religious freedom around the world.

John Allen says the most senior African prelate in the Roman Curia is determined to take risks.

Astrology and Feng Shui can draw people closer to God, a Filipino bishop has claimed.

Andrew Gray says Pope Benedict’s visit to Scotland will give a fillip to the fight against the “culture of death”.

Fr Tim Finigan spots an unusual calendrical coincidence related to the apparitions at Lourdes.

Fr John Flynn, LC, criticises the “growing trend” of humanising pets.

A small group of Christian Conservatives are rewriting Tory party doctrine, argues the FT.

L’Osservatore Romano has named the Oasis album What’s The Story Morning Glory? one of the 10 greatest albums of all time.

Jessica Alba has said she will not take off her clothes in a film because of her Catholic upbringing.

And new video purports to show Hitler’s furious reaction to the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI.

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Pope Benedict XVI has given his support to priest-bloggers in his World Communications Day message (full text here).

The Pope has decided to create a new commission to investigate alleged apparitions at Medjugorje, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said.

We must ask God for the gift of the complete unity of all the disciples of Christ, the Pope said yesterday during his Angelus address (video here).

As the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince was laid to rest, the Pope sent a letter of condolence to the president of Haiti, Vatican Radio reports (audio).

The Archbishop of Canterbury has attended a Mass at Westminster Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols (photos here).

Faith schools “must be absolutely clear about the importance of civil partnerships“, Education Secretary Ed Balls has said.

The Murphy Report has become an unlikely bestseller in Ireland.

The new Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has been installed, succeeding the slain Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho.

An eight-month-old boy is being cared for after being taken from his home in Nottinghamshire and abandoned on the steps of an Irish cathedral.

A pro-life advertisement will air during this year’s Superbowl.

The Guardian publishes an approving profile of “America’s last late-term abortionist“.

No Hidden Magenta wonders why pro-lifers have embraced the pro-choice Scott Brown.

Simon Sarmiento accuses the churches of panicking over the Equality Bill.

Fr Ray Blake says Benedict XVI’s policy on distributing Holy Communion at papal liturgies is “absurd and nonsensical“.

Adam Kirsch says Hans Küng offers Judaism backhanded praise in his latest book.

James Wood reflects on how preachers deal with natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti.

Francis X Clooney SJ says we shouldn’t completely dismiss Pat Robertson’s comments about Haiti and Peter Schineller SJ considers whether the Church supports “the right to loot“.

And Pope Benedict has announced plans to build a second Vatican on the moon by the year 2017 (audio).

Pope Benedict XVI says Gospel is not a myth

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During his Angelus address yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the Gospel reading of the Sunday Sunday of Advent. He said two things stood out in Luke 3:1-6:

The first is the abundance of references to all the political and religious authorities of Palestine in 27-28 AD. Evidently the evangelist wants to point out to the reader or listener that the Gospel is not a myth, but the account of a true story, that Jesus of Nazareth is a historical personage inserted in that precise context.

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Benedict said that, while Mary is immaculate, the Church is always in need of purification.

In the Church there is always a struggle taking place between the desert and the garden, between the sin that parches the earth and the grace that waters it so that it produces abundant fruits of holiness. Let us therefore pray to the Mother of the Lord that she will help us, in this Advent season, to ‘straighten’ our ways, letting ourselves be guided by the word of God.

He also called for “restrained and responsible lifestyles” as world leaders meet to respond to the challenge of environmental devastation at UN climate conference in Copenhagen.

Written by Luke Coppen

December 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Pope Benedict: Christ is the centre of the liturgy

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Photo: Pope Benedict pictured during yesterday’s Angelus prayer (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

In his address before the Angelus yesterday, Pope Benedict reminded pilgrims that the First Sunday of Advent marked the start of the Church’s year.

He said:

The [Second Vatican] Council insists on the fact that Christ is the centre of the liturgy. It is similar to the sun, around which rotate the planets. Around the liturgy rotate the Blessed Virgin Mary – she is the closest – and the martyrs and the other saints that ‘in heaven sing to God the perfect praise and intercede for us’.

This is the reality of the liturgical year seen, so to speak, ‘from God’s side’. And from the side – shall we say – of man, of history and of society? What importance can it have? The answer is suggested properly by the advent journey, which we undertake today.

The contemporary world needs above all hope: It is needed by developing peoples, but also by those economically developed. We increasingly see that we are in the same boat and that we must all be saved together. Above all, seeing so many false securities crumble, we realize that we need a trustworthy hope, and this is found only in Christ, who, as the Letter to the Hebrews says, ‘is the same yesterday, today and always’ (13:8).

The Lord Jesus came in the past, he comes in the present and will come in the future. He embraces all the dimensions of time, because he died and rose, he is ‘the Living One’ and, sharing our human precariousness, remains forever and offers us God’s very stability.

Written by Luke Coppen

November 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Pope: Theology without faith is a futile exercise

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At yesterday’s Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about St Bernard of Clairvaux, “the last of the Fathers” of the Church. He said:

At times an attempt is made to resolve the fundamental questions on God, on man and on the world with the sole force of reason. Instead, St Bernard, solidly based on the Bible and on the Fathers of the Church, reminds us that without a profound faith in God, nourished by prayer and contemplation, by a profound relationship with the Lord, our reflections on the divine mysteries risk becoming a futile intellectual exercise, and lose their credibility. Theology takes us back to the ‘science of the saints’, to their intuitions of the mysteries of the living God, to their wisdom, gift of the Holy Spirit, which become the point of reference for theological thought.

Together with Bernard of Clairvaux, we too must recognize that man seeks God better and finds him more easily ‘with prayer than with discussion’. In the end, the truest figure of the theologian and of every evangeliser is that of the Apostle John, who leaned his head on the heart of the Master.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 22, 2009 at 10:19 am