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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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Sixty cardinals had lunch with Benedict XVI yesterday to mark the fifth anniversary of his election as Pope (video). Meanwhile, numerous commentators have assessed his papacy so far, including Archbishop Thomas Collins, Fr Vincent Twomey, Fr Joseph Fessio, Damian Thompson, David Gibson, Sylvia Poggioli, John Thavis, Tracey Rowland, Victor Simpson, Philip Lawler, Carl Olson, Robert Royal, Fr James Schall and Sabina Castelfranco.

The Week summarises reactions to Pope Benedict’s tears in Malta.

A Cuban Catholic cardinal has said his country is in crisis.

Peter Hitchens criticises the novelist Philip Pullman for telling a newspaper he hopes “the wretched Catholic Church will vanish entirely“.

Fr Owen Kearns admits that he was wrong to defend Fr Marcial Maciel against his accusers.

A baptised Catholic academic has caused uproar among African-Americans after writing an article proclaiming that “the Black Church is dead”.

A new website called British Religion in Numbers aims to explain religion statistics to the general public.

A film about a late-term abortion survivor will be featured at Cannes.

And the Cleveland Leader suggests that, if even the Pope falls asleep at Mass, it’s OK for others to do so too.

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Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has set out the key themes of the pre-election document of the Bishops of England and Wales (video, audio, photos).

Benedict XVI reflected on his hero St Bonaventure at the general audience yesterday (video, full text).

Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, secretary of the Congregation for Clergy, has written a letter to the world’s priests (full text).

A Spanish exorcist has denied claims that there are Satanists in the Roman Curia.

The Vatican Television Centre will begin broadcasting in high definition from October.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has called for a ban on condom advertisements in public places.

Lebanon’s Maronite bishops have appealed for a national dialogue to address the country’s divisions.

The Traditional Anglican Communion has formally requested a Personal Ordinariate for the United States.

New Mexico’s Catholic bishops are not happy with a new food tax which they say penalises the poor.

The Guardian picks up on a new campaign to highlight the racist origins of the abortion movement.

Ignatius Insight publishes the article that was too edgy for the Notre Dame Observer.

No Hidden Magenta says the fuss about the US bishops’ revised guidelines on artificial nutrition and hydration is “much ado about nothing“.

Paul Lauritzen interviews Vatican stargazer Brother Guy Consolmagno (audio).

Carl Olson ponders the difference between atheists and liberal Anglicans.

Anthony Stevens-Arroyo identifies two different types of American bishop.

A website offers a new way to experience the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (video).

And Danielle Bean wonders if full body scans are really an affront to modesty.