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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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Benedict XVI called the Shroud an “icon written with blood” during his visit to Turin on Sunday (full text).

Before venerating the Shroud, the Pope greeted thousands of young people gathered in St Charles Square (audio).

The Pontiff also celebrated Mass in the square for the faithful of Turin archdiocese (video, homily text).

On Saturday the Vatican issued a statement condemning Fr Marcial Maciel and ordering the reform of the Legion of Christ (video). Sandro Magister comments.

Traditionalist Church of England bishops have told Vatican officials they are ready to accept the Pope’s offer of a Personal Ordinariate, the Sunday Telegraph reports. Christian Campbell comments.

The Foreign Office has put a senior diplomat in charge of its papal visit team following outrage over the memo mocking the Pope.

India’s Catholic bishops have recommended a zero-tolerance policy on clerical abuse.

Cardinal Jaime Ortega persuaded the Cuban authorities to allow a group of women known as the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) to hold a protest march yesterday.

Cardinal Roger Mahony led a march in Los Angeles on Saturday in protest at Arizona’s new immigration law.

Fr John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, has issued a statement on the pro-life activists arrested on campus last year.

A second Brazilian rancher has been jailed for ordering the murder of Sister Dorothy Stang in 2005.

The number of Polish candidates for the priesthood has fallen by 30 per cent, the Telegraph reports.

A piece of the plane that killed Polish president Lech Kaczyński will be embedded into the covering of the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa.

The Serbian Orthodox Church has glorified (canonised) one of modern Orthodoxy’s harshest critics of ecumenism and the papacy.

Mother Clare Millea, leader of the Apostolic Visitation of US women religious, talks to the National Catholic Register.

Cardinal William Levada outlines a “new apologetics”.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver discusses John Paul II’s theology of the body (video).

And Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson writes an open letter to Pope Benedict in the wake of the abuse crisis.

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The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments is to issue its formal approval of the new English translation of the complete Roman Missal later today.

The notorious Foreign Office memo mocking Pope Benedict XVI is now online, as is the “stakeholder positioning chart“. The official responsible for the memo has reportedly gone into hiding.

Cardinal William Levada has defended the Vatican’s response to the abuse crisis in an interview with PBS (full transcript).

Catholicism is up by 33 per cent in Africa and 16 per cent in Asia, USA Today reports.

The US bishops have condemned Arizona’s “draconian” new immigration law.

The province of Ontario is offering funding to help Catholic schools develop their own sex education course, following a clash with the Church.

Jesuit Fr Francis Xavier Dumortier is the new rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

The leader of the Taizé community has presented Pope Benedict with a Chinese Bible.

Norway’s Catholic Church has been informed of seven new possible cases of paedophilia by priests.

The New York Times profiles Jeffrey Anderson, the lawyer suing the Vatican.

Ross Douthat says the spate of episcopal resignations are good for the Church.

And Ashley Makar explains what the microbial biology of cheese has to do with Benedictine spirituality.

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Pope Benedict XVI said priests are called to be messengers of hope and peace at his general audience yesterday (video).

The New York Times has taken note of critics of its reporting on the Pope and sexual abuse, publishing reports on Fr Thomas Brundage’s testimony in the Murphy case and Cardinal William Levada’s critique of the paper (the cardinal’s full text here).

The New York Daily News, the fifth most-widely circulated daily newspaper in America, has published an editorial defending the Pope over the Murphy case.

The Swiss bishops have admitted they underestimated the scale of the abuse problem and urged victims to come forward.

A Mexican archdiocese has cancelled a mission after 10 young people were murdered, reportedly by drug traffickers.

A Brazilian court has delayed the trial of a rancher accused of ordering the murder of Sister Dorothy Stang.

A new website dedicated exclusively to covering Pope Benedict XVI and the sex abuse crisis has just been launched.

Ross Douthat draws attention to a remarkable graph of the American priestly abuse crisis and defends his interpretation of it.

Fr James Martin SJ urges Catholics not to blame the media for the abuse scandal, while his colleague, Michael Sean Winters, says it’s right to criticise poor reporting.

And, finally, a reminder that all the Holy Week celebrations at the Vatican will be broadcast live on the internet here.

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There was a torrent of comment on Pope Benedict XVI and the sex abuse crisis at the weekend. Here is a selection: John Allen, Fr Raymond de Souza, Fr Federico Lombardi, Richard Dawkins, Andrew M Brown, Ross Douthat, Maureen Dowd, Tim Rutton, Andrew Sullivan, India Knight, Rod Dreher, George Weigel, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Matt Taibbi, Conrad Black, Elizabeth Lev, John Hooper, Catherine Pepinster, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, Rocco Palmo, Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Michael McCarthy.

About three dozen demonstrators” held a protest outside Westminster Cathedral yesterday.

The Guardian publishes an extract from Philip Pullman’s controversial new novel, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. Insight Scoop tears it apart.

Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has given a rare television interview (video).

And Mark Oppenheimer gives the thumbs down to a new computer game based on Dante’s Divine Comedy.

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Photo: Benedict XVI is seen during his visit to Rome’s synagogue yesterday (AP Photo/ Osservatore Romano, Ho)

This is what Pope Benedict XVI said during his visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue yesterday. John Allen provides analysis, while the New York Times asks whether Pius XII was a saint.

Archbishop John Hepworth, Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), has released details of his correspondence with Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, concerning Anglicanorum coetibus, and says the TAC will respond formally to the Pope’s offer at Eastertide.

Meanwhile, America magazine has named the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the winner of its Campion Award.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has issued a qualified apology to Bishop Ratko Perić of Mostar-Duvno following his controversial visit to Medjugorje.

The New York Times reports on yesterday’s Mass outside Port-au-Prince’s ruined cathedral. Meanwhile, Richard Dawkins doesn’t want believers to get the credit for helping Haitians following the devastating earthquake.

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray has finally left hospital after breaking his hip in the Midnight Mass incident in St Peter’s Basilica.

Peter Steinfels pays tribute to the late theologian Edward Schillebeeckx.

Charlotte Allen argues that, following the deaths of Schillebeeckx and Mary Daly, the flame of Catholic dissent is dying out.

The University of Notre Dame is once again at the centre of controversy after its student-run newspaper published an anti-gay cartoon.

Michael Sean-Winters challenges Archbishop Raymond Burke’s assessment of America (the archbishop’s full homily is here).

Pastor in Valle says Pope Benedict has transformed Rome.

You can find out what the Pope is doing for the next three months here.

And Fr Dwight Longenecker explains why Catholic churches should be tall.

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Pope Benedict XVI will visit Rome’s Jewish museum as well as its Great Synagogue on Sunday (full programme here).

An Italian priest testifies that Pius XII helped Jewish people during World War Two.

Jewish and Catholic theologians are meeting to discuss the environment.

John Allen looks at the unsung work of a group of bishops from Europe, the United States and Canada who visit the Middle East as part of a Vatican initiative known as the “Holy Land Coordination”.

First Things revisits the problem of theodicy after the Haiti earthquake.

Fr Peter Stravinskas makes a robust defence of the new English translation of the Mass.

Simon Tisdall says Christians in the Muslim world are becoming scapegoats for anger about the “crusader West”

William Lind examines “Pope Benedict’s Counter-Reformation“.

Roberta Green Ahmanson contrasts two starkly different London art exhibitions.

Gregor Kollmorgen tells you everything you ever wanted to know about the almuce but were afraid to ask.

And Fr John Zuhlsdorf laments the bias against Catholic priests on Celebrity Cruises.