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The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has launched a booklet explaining the purpose of the Pope’s visit to Britain in September (PDF and press conference audio here).

Pope Benedict focused on the teaching of St Thomas Aquinas at his general audience today (video).

The Holy See and Israel have failed again to resolve the dispute over the Church’s legal and tax status in the Holy Land.

The Latin Patriarch has called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted.

The German press agency dpa is reporting that Bishop Walter Mixa may ask the Pope to reinstate him as Bishop of Augsburg.

Zenit has begun to publish the full English translation of the Pope’s question-and-answer session with the world’s priests.

Damian Thompson says that Cardinal Pell is the victim of a smear campaign designed to stop him reforming the world’s bishops.

Anna Clark of Salon considers whether better ultrasounds prevent abortion.

And members of Germany’s World Cup squad have received cards personally signed by the Pope offering encouragement in the tournament.

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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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Rome Reports describes the Bolivian President Evo Morales’s audience with Pope Benedict yesterday as “spontaneous and impolite” (video).

The Belfast Telegraph claims that Cardinal Seán Brady has asked Pope Benedict to appoint an “archbishop in waiting” to succeed him as Primate of All-Ireland.

The Irish National Board for Safeguarding Children has asked Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to produce evidence that parishes are not adhering to abuse guidelines.

A village postmaster fears that he will lose 95 per cent of his business if he is forced to close his post office during the Pope’s visit to Coventry in September.

Cardinal Pell has called for tougher action against abusers after the Church confirmed that two Irish priests accused of molesting girls were still performing priestly duties in Australia.

A group of Catholic scholars has argued that attempting to break trade unions is a mortal sin.

The Pope has given permission for a married father of six to be ordained a Catholic priest.

Fr Donald Cozzens says it’s foolish to expect bishops to be held accountable for their actions.

Alma Guillermoprieto of the New York Review of Books examines the Maciel case.

Fr Rob Johansen asks whether the new English translation of the Mass is a disaster or an opportunity.

Simon Rowney wonders if the 83-year-old Pope Benedict “can drag Richard Dawkins into the modern world”.

And Rima Fakih, reportedly the first Muslim Miss USA, attended a Catholic school in New York.

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More than 150,000 people from all over Italy flocked to St Peter’s Square on Sunday to express their solidarity with Benedict XVI.

Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will visit the Pope in June.

An Irish bishop has urged Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin to clarify his claim that “strong forces” in the Church want abuse cases to remain hidden.

A 12-man British police delegation was in Portugal last week to assess how to protect Pope Benedict during his visit to Britain.

People who live or work near Coventry Airport may be issued with access permits during the Pope’s visit in September, local police have said.

Cardinal Pell has downplayed suggestions that he will serve as the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec has clashed with local politicians over abortion.

Americans aged between 18 and 29 are increasingly opposed to abortion, a Gallup analysis has found.

The Vatican has signed a mobile phone agreement with Vodafone.

Scholars have met in Rome to discuss “the contribution of Christianity to representative government” (audio).

The Cardinal Newman Society unveils a list of the most controversial speakers at US Catholic colleges in 2010.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston reports on his first visit to Ave Maria University’s campus in Florida.

John Allen analyses why Pope Benedict may have had difficulty defending himself at the height of the abuse crisis.

Fr Anthony Chadwick says the future liturgy of Personal Ordinariates should be the Sarum Use.

Fr Seán Finnegan asks why bishops can sometimes seem to be uncharitable.

English parish priest Fr Ray Blake says he’s decided to use the new English translation of the Mass straight away.

The Irish Catholic newspaper mourns its long-serving columnist Fr Martin Tierney.

And the National Secular Society appeals for victims of clerical abuse to appear at protests during the Pope’s visit to Britain.

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Benedict XVI has sent the long-awaited second volume of Jesus of Nazareth to the publishers.

The Pope begins his four-day visit to Portugal today (official Vatican page, official Portuguese Church page, Catholic Herald portal).

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has given a major address on the future of Irish Catholicism.

Pro-life groups have criticised the nomination of Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court.

A Costa Rican court has ordered a bishop to pay damages for encouraging the faithful to vote according to Church teaching.

The Coptic Orthodox Church has pulled out of the Middle East Council of Churches.

AP investigates why relatively few bishops have resigned over mishandling abuse cases.

John Allen says that if Cardinal Pell is appointed prefect of the Congregation for Bishops there will only be one Italian prefect of a Vatican congregation left.

Thomas Peters explains why he has lost confidence in Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.

A veteran American educator says Catholic education is in “very, very serious trouble“.

Michael Sean Winters is appalled by the religious illiteracy of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker.

Micah Mattix considers the legacy of Walker Percy, the American Catholic novelist who died 20 years ago this week.

And Fr James Martin SJ reveals who he thinks should be the next pope.

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The New York Times launches a fierce attack on Cardinal William Levada’s handling of abuse cases after he criticised the paper’s coverage of the crisis.

Benedict XVI backed efforts to reduce the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons at his general audience yesterday (video).

Members of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences have met to discuss the global financial crisis. Fr Raymond de Souza, a participant, comments.

The Vatican has named the patrons of World Youth Day in Madrid next year. They include Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.

The number of pilgrims travelling to St Patrick’s Purgatory at Lough Derg is increasing.

Cardinal Seán Brady will deliver a major lecture on Irish Catholicism in Oxford later this month.

Zenit catches up with Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier ahead of next month’s World Cup in South Africa.

Daniel Cere at the Homiletic and Pastoral Review says the Church’s response to this abuse crisis has been disturbing.

Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, president of the Belgian bishops’ conference, discusses the impact of the crisis in his country.

Vatican Radio talks to Richard Rouse, an official at the Pontifical Council for Culture, about the media’s role in uncovering abuse.

History professor Robert Ventresca says the crisis will lead to a stronger Church.

Rocco Palmo profiles “Big George” Pell, who is expected to be the next prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Zenit concludes its interview with Tom Peterson, founder of Catholics Come Home.

Commonweal publishes an essay by the acclaimed novelist Marilynne Robinson.

And Fr Gerald Coleman discusses whether Catholics should support the decriminalisation of cannabis.

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Belgian bishops will discuss their country’s clerical abuse crisis with Benedict XVI later this week.

A well-connected Spanish blogger says Cardinal Pell will be appointed to the Vatican Congregation for Bishops by next month.

A former Episcopal bishop who became a Catholic has returned to the Episcopal Church.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta says it is “high season” for the ecumenical movement.

The Portuguese Church is offering the faithful a series of “papal podcasts” in the run-up to Pope Benedict’s visit this month.

Archbishop Charles Palmer Buckle of Accra, Ghana, has denied claims that he owns a property worth two million dollars.

CNN picks over the future Pope’s role in the Kiesle case (video).

The photographer David LaChapelle has attacked the Church’s teaching on condoms in his new work “Thy Kingdom Come”.

The National Catholic Reporter says the “abuse crisis is actually a hierarchy crisis“.

David Walters considers why Christianity is being pushed to the margins of British life.

Eric Gorski examines the debate over whether clerical abusers should be defrocked.

Nicholas Kristof discusses his article about an American priest serving in southern Sudan (video).

And Michael Liccione ponders the future of Limbo.

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John Allen has an exclusive interview with Mother Mary Clare Millea, the nun leading the Apostolic Visitation of America’s female religious.

Pope Benedict XVI has chosen Salesian Fr Enrico dal Covolo to preach at his week-long Lenten retreat.

The Pope is considering an invitation to consecrate the Sagrada Familia church, designed by Antoni Gaudí, in Barcelona.

The Pope told Rome’s priests yesterday that they must be true men in order to bridge the human and divine realities (video).

The number of students who claim they were sexually abused by Jesuit priests at schools across Germany has risen to 115, a lawyer has said.

Cardinal George Pell has confirmed that he had a pacemaker fitted in a Rome hospital after a cardiac problem during his visit to the Vatican last month.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has urged Christians not to fear Islam.

The American bishops are to offer seminars on the new English translation of the Roman Missal across the country.

Rocco Palmo reports on Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s powerful Ash Wednesday homily and assesses the Pope’s choice as the next Archbishop of Prague.

Vatican Radio catches up with Cardinal Peter Turkson, the new president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Andrew Sullivan challenges the US bishops to crack down on dissent from the Magisterium’s teaching on torture, while Fr James Martin SJ accuses EWTN of “cafeteria Catholicism”.

No Hidden Magenta suggests the Church needs to employ a PR firm.

Deacon Greg Kandra spots the rarely seen “Loggia whisperer”.

Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni says he would like to coach Vatican City’s football team after he retires.

The Vatican Observatory? There’s an app for that.

And Mark Shea discovers that rare thing: Lenten humour.

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The Equality Bill continues to provoke debate. Martin Salter MP has apologised for calling the Pope “a bloke in a dress”. E Jane Dickson says that if she were the Pope, she wouldn’t quote Aristotle. Jonathan Chaplin, Jonathan Oliver and Peter Hitchens defend the Pontiff. And the Christian Science Monitor offers an interesting summary of the debate from across the pond.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has implied that Anglicans accepting the Pope’s offer will not be “truly converted Roman Catholics”.

Church of Scotland ministers are not happy with Pope Benedict’s address to the Scottish bishops.

Jeff Israely of Time says Pope Benedict XVI will bring a tough message to Britain in September.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the SSPX, has said that reaching agreement with the Holy See is not possible “in human terms”.

German Mariologist Manfred Hauke suggests that the alleged messages of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje “contain elements that speak clearly against a supernatural origin of the phenomenon”.

Catholic business executives have honoured the pro-life work of George W Bush, to the irritation of John Gehring of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

The Brazilian landowner accused of ordering the murder of American nun Dorothy Stang is back in jail.

Two American street preachers have been shot and killed by a teenager who apparently opposed their message.

Fr Mauro Gagliardi’s commentary on the Lectionary and Liturgy of the Word in the two forms of the Roman Rite is now available in English.

The official website of the Newman Cause hails the decision of the Bishops of England and Wales to end their ad limina visit with Mass in the church where John Henry Newman was ordained a Catholic priest.

John Allen awards Cardinal George Pell the title of number one “rumour magnet” in the Catholic Church and defends the use of the term “Taliban Catholicism” (to the consternation of Jimmy Akin).

Max Hastings says legalised assisted suicide would be “a path to barbarity“.

On the Commonweal website, Eric Bugyis suggests that calls for “civility” are just a way of closing down debate.

And an atheist preacher has been allowed to stay in office after a court ruled that his views did not differ fundamentally from those of liberal theologians in the Protestant Church of the Netherlands.

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Pope Benedict recalled his “upsetting” visit to Yad Vashem in his annual address to the Roman Curia yesterday. Sandro Magister picks out the speech’s highlights.

The Telegraph suggests that the Pope’s visit to a Rome synagogue next month is in doubt following the decision to advance Pius XII’s Cause.

Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel respond to the Pius move.

A church lawyer explains what the JFS ruling means for Britain’s faith schools.

Japan’s bishops have reportedly clashed with the Vatican over a new Japanese translation of the Mass.

A priest in Turkey has been threatened as a consequence of the Swiss minaret vote.

CBS examines the plight of Turkey’s beleaguered Christians.

One of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago’s aides has denied giving money to the campaign of the city’s mayor, who supports abortion.

The brother of a Canadian archbishop takes out a newspaper advertisement to explain why he pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

Scientist P Z Myers calls Cardinal Pell a “religious nitwit”.

The Pope has given his blessing to a new initiative of L’Osservatore Romano.

Ross Douthat says James Cameron’s new film, Avatar, is “a long apologia for pantheism”.

Jonathan Jones argues that Caravaggio paved the way for today’s insipid Christmas decorations.

And a new book considers the rise in displays of faith by elite athletes.