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Benedict XVI has named Swiss Bishop Kurt Koch as the new president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (video).

Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said he was surprised to be named the new prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Communio has posted links to his articles.

Rome Reports profiles Archbishop Rino Fisichella, first president of the new Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation (video).

The Economist pontificates on the “Popeshuffle”.

Nine governments have challenged the European Court of Human Rights ruling on crucifixes in Italian public schools.

The Catholic Church has given £350,000 to the needy in London.

Vatican Radio talks to the Holy See’s lawyer Jeffrey Lena.

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark looks ahead to the papal visit to Britain (audio).

Thinking Faith talks to the Catholic chaplain to Manchester United about football chaplaincy.

Fr Michael Gollop asks what Pusey would have made of the Pope’s offer to Anglicans.

Michael Sean Winters signs off at America magazine.

And comedy writer Jane Bussmann explains why a visit to Uganda cured her anti-clericalism.

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Rocco Palmo publishes the liturgical texts for the feast of John Henry Newman, rumoured to be October 9.

Every Catholic should be a disciple of St Thomas Aquinas, Pope Benedict XVI said at his general audience yesterday (full text).

The Pope received some 20,000 text messages of support after the general audience.

Bishop Walter Mixa has reportedly agreed to stand by his decision to resign.

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has said he hopes the Lautsi case will not force “all European countries to conform to a model of secularism that is antagonistic to any manifestation of religion in the public sphere”.

The registered number of Catholics in Japan has fallen by half a per cent in a year.

John Allen discusses Christian-Muslim relations with Cardinal Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice.

William Van Ornum asks if the Church is losing good potential priests because of psychological testing.

The Saint Barnabus’ Blog says it is now too late for Anglo-Catholicism to survive.

Fr Dwight Longenecker reflects on the “brilliantly annoying style” of GK Chesterton.

Patrick Madrid says Marcial Maciel is to the Legion of Christ what the Deepwater Horizon rig is to the Gulf of Mexico.

And Rome Reports showcases the worst-dressed priests in the world (video).

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Archbishop Celestino Migliore has urged the international community to do more to tackle transnational organized crime (full text).

The oldest known image of the Apostles Andrew and John has been discovered in the Catacombs of Rome.

An Angolan Catholic priest has gone on trial accused of “crimes against state security” in connection with an attack on Togo’s national football team.

The Archbishops of Birmingham and Southwark will be among the 38 metropolitan archbishops receiving the pallium on June 29.

Pope Benedict XVI will greet an estimated 3,000 schoolchildren at an event during his visit to Britain.

The collapse of a masonry firm may hamper restoration work at St Andrews’ Cathedral in Glasgow.

An 83-year-old nun was killed in a collision with a minivan in Harlem yesterday.

Jack Smith urges Helen Osman, the USCCB secretary of communications, to clarify her criticisms of the Catholic News Agency.

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In a busy 24 hours in Portugal yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI gave a landmark address on culture, attended Vespers with priests, religious and seminarians, consecrated priests to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and recited the rosary at the shrine of Our Lady of Fátima.

Archbishop Peter Smith has welcomed Britain’s coalition government on behalf of the Catholic community. John Smeaton of SPUC offers a word of caution.

A court is investigating allegations of sexual abuse by members of a Spanish religious order.

Kenya’s Catholic bishops have launched a campaign to defeat the country’s new constitution.

Joe Feuerherd of the National Catholic Reporter says William Donohue of the Catholic League is bad for the Church.

Michael Sean Winters takes on Deal Hudson after he criticised Sister Carol Keehan for supporting the healthcare bill.

Jeremy Irons will play Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) in a new series about the Borgias.

And Mark Shea discovers another reason to love Pope Benedict.