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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 Foreign Office has ordered members of its papal visit team to undergo “urgent diversity training” following the leaking of a memo mocking the Pope.

Catherine Pepinster explains the background to the Foreign Office fiasco.

Andrew Brown, Neil Addison and Rob Vischer react to the Macfarlane ruling on religious discrimination. Simon Sarmiento has more reaction.

A 73-year-old priest has been killed in India.

The French Catholic Church is seeking candidates for priesthood on Facebook.

Philip Jenkins considers how the abuse crisis will change the Catholic Church.

Fr Raymond de Souza goes another round with Christopher Hitchens.

The Economist tours the Vatican Secret Archives.

Professor Eamon Duffy tries to define Anglican patrimony at a conference on Anglicanorum coetibus.

Joanna Bogle hails the new English translation of the Mass.

Matthew Archbold says ultrasounds will prove to be “the Rosa Parks of abortion”.

And the Church has finally done something to make Andrew Sullivan proud.

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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.