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The weekend’s big story was the Vatican’s response to the unprecedented police raid on the Belgian Church. Pope Benedict XVI described the police’s methods as “deplorable” and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said they were “unbelievable”. A lawyer for the Mechelen-Brussels archdiocese said the Church was considering legal action. But Belgian anti-paedophilia campaigner Fr Rik Devillè insisted the raids were “a good thing”. Rod Dreher says the Pope was wrong to speak out. And Fr Tim Finigan considers the state of the Belgian Church.

Archbishop Angelo Amato beatified the Maronite monk Estephan Nehmeh in Lebanon yesterday.

Pope Benedict urged the faithful to “contemplate the divine-human heart of the Lord Jesus” at his Angelus address yesterday (full text).

Cardinal Walter Kasper has confirmed his imminent retirement as president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Ann Widdecombe will be the next British ambassador to the Holy See, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

The Pope has turned down an offer to appear on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day programme, the Telegraph suggests.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the UN in Geneva, has addressed the Human Rights Council on maternal mortality (full text).

Rocco Palmo says the Vatican’s year is ending on a diplomatic high note.

Valle Adurni wonders what will happen to church buildings if Anglicans accept the Pope’s offer.

John Coleman SJ hails an “almost perfect” film.

And James Preece predicts that the Pope will beatify Cardinal Newman in a red telephone box.

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Bishop Kurt Koch of Basel is expected to be named president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, replacing Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples says he has forgiven his accusers after he was implicated in a corruption scandal.

A confidential file accusing Bishop Walter Mixa of alcoholism and sexual harassment has surfaced in Germany.

Caritas says that millions will face hunger in Niger as a result of food shortages.

Giovanni Maria Vian, editor of the L’Osservatore Romano, sums up the Year for Priests.

Edward Pentin says the Arabian peninsula is seeing a remarkable increase in its Christian population.

Valle Adurni hunts for the final, definitive version of the new translation of the Mass in English.

Peter Schineller SJ wonders why Benedict XVI is preparing to venerate the relics of St Celestine V.

The papal visit to Britain now has an official Twitter account and Facebook page.

And Mick Brown urges England fans to pray that the team’s Catholic manager, Fabio Capello, will find divine inspiration.

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Cuban Church leaders have held a landmark meeting with President Raúl Castro to discuss the release of political prisoners. The Miami Herald weighs up the political risks of the talks.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec has called for a new abortion debate in Canada after his comments on the issue created a national controversy.

There have been 100 clerical abuse cases in Italy in the past 10 years, the country’s bishops have said.

A group of Italian women who say they are in relationships with priests have written an open letter to the Pope.

Catholics in Los Angeles have welcomed their new coadjutor Archbishop Jose Gomez at a Mass of Reception.

Canon lawyer Fr Thomas Doyle ponders the excommunication of Sister Margaret McBride, as does Nicholas Kristof.

Catriona Davies of CNN unpicks the diplomatic squabble between Albania and India over Mother Teresa.

David Goldman reacts to Cardinal Walter Kasper’s comments about the Church’s role in World War II.

Ann Carey profiles America’s most vibrant religious orders.

And Adele Malloy meets a new priest whose “second calling” is comedy.

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Pope Benedict has accepted an invitation to visit Ukraine in 2012, sources in the country have reported. But the Russian Orthodox Church has suggested the visit may not be appropriate.

The Pope dedicated his general audience today to the theme of the priestly ministry of governing (video, full text of English remarks).

Orthodox Patriarchs Bartholomew I and Kirill have held a landmark meeting in Moscow.

The Irish Times reports that Cardinal Séan Brady has withdrawn from a talk at Oxford University because his presence might provoke protests.

Rising star Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Canberra and Goulburn has issued a major reflection on the clerical abuse crisis.

Historian Guy Walters welcomes Cardinal Walter Kasper’s announcement that the Vatican will open its archives on Pius XII within six years.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver says that those seeking to sue the Pope “have revived the notion of the Catholic Church as a Vatican-controlled monolith”.

British bloggers Mulier Fortis, Joanna Bogle and Bara Brith respond to the news that attendance at papal events in September will be strictly limited.

Headline Bistro previews the Pope’s visit to Cyprus next month.

And Deacon Greg Kandra hails the legendary Archbishop of New Orleans, Philip Hannan.

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Fides has named the 37 Church workers, priests and religious killed in 2009.

Cardinal Walter Kasper says that the papal Mass at Coventry will not be “easy for a German Pope because Coventry is a symbol of the Second World War”.

More than two million people saw the Turin Shroud during its exposition from April 10 to May 23.

The Catholic world marked a day of prayer for the Church in China yesterday (video).

Benedict XVI received President Denis Sassou N’Guesso of the Republic of Congo on Monday (video).

The organisers of World Youth Day in Madrid next year are seeking 20,000 volunteers to support the expected two million participants (video).

A man who once locked a priest out of his own church is to be ordained a deacon.

The Maronites of Cyprus are eagerly awaiting Pope Benedict’s visit to the island next month.

Barrister Neil Addison courts arrest with his post on the arrest of Christian street preacher Dale Mcalpine.

Peter Jennings is dismayed by John Cornwell’s controversial book on Cardinal Newman.

Fresh from a skirmish with Robert George, Michael Sean Winters finds something to praise in the Princeton professor’s work.

Carl Olson and Moyra Doorly debate the “hierarchy of truths”.

Edward Oakes SJ goes another round with the New Atheists.

Depaul UK, a charity with close links to the Church, has created a hit iPhone app giving users their very own homeless person to look after.

And the Vatican has apologised after its television channel wrongly identified a Bulgarian delegation meeting the Pope as Macedonian.

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Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has publicly criticised Cardinal Angelo Sodano’s comments about the abuse crisis on Easter Sunday.

Cardinal Walter Kasper says the talks between the SSPX and the Holy See are “not easy”.

President Doris Leuthard of Switzerland discussed the abuse crisis with Pope Benedict yesterday (video).

The Pope has appointed Mgr Liam MacDaid as the new Bishop of Clogher.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec has told a group of physicians that no one is the “ultimate arbiter of life“.

Fr Federico Lombardi says Benedict XVI’s trip to Portugal next week will have a strong Marian dimension.

The Catholic Truth Society is organising a spiritual bouquet to be presented to the Pope when he visits Britain.

Comedy Central is planning a new cartoon featuring Jesus living in New York City to escape his “powerful but apathetic father”.

Sandro Magister and Fr Joseph Komonchak discuss how the Church can be holy when its members are sinners.

Hubert Wolf at Foreign Policy asks how much the wartime Church knew about the Holocaust.

Russell Shaw argues that Pope Benedict is an innovative social thinker.

John Zogby crunches the numbers of a recent poll of American Catholics about the abuse crisis.

Russell Moore wonders why the Catholic novelist Walker Percy didn’t kill himself.

Rome Reports asks people on the streets of the Eternal City how to encourage people to go to church.

And Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo will receive an honorary doctorate from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St Louis today.

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The Spanish senate has approved a sweeping new law liberalising abortion.

Pope Benedict XVI has said he is pained by the ongoing killings of Christians in Iraq.

The Pope meditated on penance yesterday at the mid-way point of his Lenten retreat.

Cardinal Walter Kasper has sent a message to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, marking the patriarch’s 70th birthday.

An image of Jesus holding a beer and a cigarette is creating tensions between Christians and Hindu fundamentalists in India.

Spanish journalist Manuel Lozano Garrido will be beatified on June 12.

Nashville is to get its first married Catholic priest.

George Weigel says Russia’s regional ambitions could present a great challenge to the Holy See’s diplomats.

Aggie Catholics explores the rise of Catholic “mega-parishes” in America.

Kevin Clarke asks if the last Christian in the Middle East will turn out the lights.

Christopher Tollefsen says the critics of home-schooling need to be tutored about the nature of education and the family.

Rome Reports profiles John Paul II’s friend, Wanda Poltawska (video).

The Times interviews Jessica Hausner, the director of new film about Lourdes.

And traditionalist Catholic priest Fr Seán Finnegan explains why he loves the Church of England.