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Benedict XVI insisted that “the universal Church precedes the particular Churches” during his homily at Mass on Pentecost Sunday (video, full text).

Pope Benedict said that “without the Spirit the Church would exhaust its strength” at the Regina Coeli (video).

On Saturday that Pope said the global financial crisis was caused by a “lack of trust and adequate creative and dynamic solidarity for the common good”.

On Friday the Pope urged lay Catholics to be more active in the public square during a meeting with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity (video, full text).

On Thursday Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I arranged for a concert to be held in honour of Pope Benedict (video, full text of papal address, Fr Federico Lombardi’s commentary).

Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was reburied in a Polish cathedral on Saturday. Austen Ivereigh applauds.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster blessed 600 married couples at a Mass on Saturday at Westminster Cathedral.

An ecumenical jury at Cannes has awarded its top prize to a film about a massacre of French Cistercians in Algeria.

Benedict XVI has appointed the American lay canon lawyer Dr Edward Peters a Referendarius (Referendary) of the Apostolic Signatura.

John Allen takes a detailed look at the Vatican’s response to claims that it is liable for clerical sexual abuse.

Michael Sean Winters duels with Professor Robert George over a Supreme Court ruling.

Michael Liccione examines the controversy surrounding the excommunication of Sister Margaret McBride.

Tess Livingstone hails the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

Professor Nicolas Standaert considers the impact of the Chinese on the missionary Matteo Ricci.

And Lady Gaga says she would be happy to play for the Pope – minus her raunchy dancers.

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On the third day of his four-day visit, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Fátima, addressed charity workers and met the Portuguese bishops. His visit concludes today with Mass in Porto and a farewell speech before he flies back to Rome.

Fr Federico Lombardi says he is surprised by the number of people turning out to see the Pope in Portugal.

The BBC reports that businesses affected by the papal Mass at Coventry Airport in September have been told they will not get compensation.

Rome Reports speaks to Sister Bernadette Sangma who is raising awareness of human trafficking at next month’s World Cup (video).

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York says he was filled with “dread and revulsion” when he saw the head of Our Lady of Nagasaki.

Andrew Brown of the Guardian says this is turning out to be a “very much less conservative papacy than anyone expected”.

Ross Douthat of the New York Times demands the resignation of Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, responds to his critics at the National Catholic Reporter.

And Greg Burke marvels at the wax body parts on sale in Fátima.

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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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Fr Federico Lombardi has issued a short reflection marking the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s election today.

If you missed Pope Benedict’s visit to Malta this weekend, you can read all his homilies and speeches here, the Times of Malta’s complete coverage here and The Catholic Herald’s coverage here.

John Allen describes the Pope’s approach to the abuse crisis as “pastoral, not political“.

AP reports that Jeffrey Lena, the lawyer representing the Holy See in America, has had to move office following threats. Washington Post also speaks to him.

Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto has issued a forceful pastoral letter on abuse (PDF, video).

Bishop Richard Williamson will appeal his £9,000 ($13,000) fine for Holocaust denial.

Pope Benedict has donated £32,000 ($50,000) to the victims of landslides in Brazil.

The Vatican has given its recognitio to the Revised Grail Psalter.

The Pave the Way Foundation says it has unearthed documents showing that the Church excommunicated members of the Nazi Party.

Catholic Culture is inviting Catholics around the world to join it in a defence of Pope Benedict.

The Irish Times has published Hans Küng’s scathing open letter to the world’s bishops.

Nicholas Cafardi asks why the US bishops fought healthcare reform to the end.

The New Liturgical Movement mourns Cardinal Tomas Spidlik.

Robert George wonders if it’s true that not a single Opus Dei priest has ever been accused of abuse.

And Rory Fitzgerald asks if Richard Dawkins should be arrested “for covering up atheist crimes”.

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The Vatican will unveil a new worldwide zero-tolerance approach to abuse in the autumn or earlier, says Rome Reports (video).

The bishops of Malta have issued a statement on child abuse ahead of Pope Benedict’s visit on April 17 (audio).

The image of the Catholic church is virtually in ruins, one of Africa’s most senior churchmen has said.

Bill Keller, the executive editor of the New York Times, has defended his paper’s coverage of the scandal.

Fr Federico Lombardi has denied claims that Benedict XVI blocked an investigation into Fr Maciel.

A Chinese bishop has been placed under house arrest for refusing to concelebrate Mass with a state-approved bishop.

A renewal of Christianity is desperately needed, says Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan.

Bishop James Conley says he “learned from direct, first-hand experience that Benedict XVI is truly a man of God, a gift to the Church and a shepherd after the heart of the Good Shepherd”.

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart criticises the Church over abuse in his characteristic style (video).

And an exhibition about the Turin Shroud will go on display at Westminster Cathedral from this Sunday.

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Pope Benedict XVI gave the urbi et orbi blessing before a packed St Peter’s Square yesterday (video, full text, photos).

In his homily at the Easter Vigil, the Pope reflected on the meaning of eternal life (video, full text).

The Pope said that love is the only force that can change the world at the end of the Good Friday Way of the Cross at the Colosseum (video, full text of Pope’s reflection, full text of Cardinal Ruini’s meditations).

On Holy Thursday, Pope Benedict said that Jesus “challenges us to a constant examination of conscience” (video, full text).

On Saturday, Fr Federico Lombardi issued a statement on the “Teta case” following a report by AP.

On Friday, the New York Times offered more background on the Murphy case and published an interview with a man abused by Fr Peter Hullermann.

Geoffrey Robertson QC has claimed that the Pope could be prosecuted for “systematic sex crimes“. AP reports that other lawyers disagree with him.

John Allen wonders if it’s still possible to find middle ground on Pope Benedict.

Fr Thomas Reese SJ reflects on what Europe can learn from the US abuse crisis.

Peggy Noonan argues that both the media and the Pope deserve credit for confronting the abuse crisis.

The maternity unit of the St John and Elizabeth Hospital in London is to close.

The husband of St Gianna Beretti Molla has died, aged 97.

A French bishop has apologised after a drunken priest punched a mourner at a funeral.

And the New York Times profiles film director and priest Fr Eddie Siebert SJ.

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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.