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The Traditional Anglican Communion has requested a Personal Ordinariate in the United Kingdom.

Irish children are safer today in the Catholic Church than before, Cardinal Seán Brady has said.

BP has donated $1 million to a Catholic charity helping fishermen affected by the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York has been forced to close.

Mgr Guido Marini has celebrated Mass ad orientem in the Roman Basilica of St Mary Major.

George Weigel says American Catholics have arrived a critical moment in their history.

Michael Sean Winters argues that Pope Benedict is “emphatically is not looking for a culture war”.

George Anderson SJ is dismayed by France’s ban on the burqa.

Fr James Martin SJ is outraged by James Carroll’s attack on priestly celibacy.

Theologian Tina Beattie argues that the bishops are “the most brutal and ignorant of moral dictators“.

Marcel LeJeune lists his 50 favourite saints’ quotations.

And Fr Tim Finigan reports on a go-kart competition for French priests.

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The Pope’s remarks on the abuse crisis on the way to Portugal have prompted comment from, among others, John Allen, Ruth Gledhill, Rod Dreher, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and Kevin Clarke.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s frank address on the state of Irish Catholicism has also provoked comment from Fr James Martin SJ, Rod Dreher, James Mackey and John Cooney.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, says the Pope sincerely desires to reach a canonical solution with the Society.

The Brazilian bishops are preparing to issue new guidelines to combat clerical abuse.

The Vatican City State has announced a major upgrade to its communications infrastructure.

Fr Joseph Fessio SJ takes issue with the Tablet’s recent report on Cardinal Christoph Schönborn’s criticisms of Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

Joseph Bottum of First Things issues a blunt call for Cardinal Sodano’s resignation.

And Paul Cat presents flow chart guide to the concept of mortal sin.

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Benedict XVI has sent the long-awaited second volume of Jesus of Nazareth to the publishers.

The Pope begins his four-day visit to Portugal today (official Vatican page, official Portuguese Church page, Catholic Herald portal).

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has given a major address on the future of Irish Catholicism.

Pro-life groups have criticised the nomination of Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court.

A Costa Rican court has ordered a bishop to pay damages for encouraging the faithful to vote according to Church teaching.

The Coptic Orthodox Church has pulled out of the Middle East Council of Churches.

AP investigates why relatively few bishops have resigned over mishandling abuse cases.

John Allen says that if Cardinal Pell is appointed prefect of the Congregation for Bishops there will only be one Italian prefect of a Vatican congregation left.

Thomas Peters explains why he has lost confidence in Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.

A veteran American educator says Catholic education is in “very, very serious trouble“.

Michael Sean Winters is appalled by the religious illiteracy of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker.

Micah Mattix considers the legacy of Walker Percy, the American Catholic novelist who died 20 years ago this week.

And Fr James Martin SJ reveals who he thinks should be the next pope.

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Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience yesterday to two Italian priests who served the needy (video).

The five bishops who conducted an apostolic visitation of the Legion of Christ will present their report to the Pope on Friday.

The US bishops respond to Nicholas Cafardi’s claim that they led the Church into a “cul-de-sac” during the heathcare debate.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach gives a candid account of his audience with Benedict XVI yesterday.

An American mother is hoping Pope Benedict will intervene to prevent the execution of her son by the state of Texas.

John Smeaton and Mulier Fortis continue to question the wisdom of appointing former Labour MP Gregory Pope as deputy director of the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales.

The Vatican has lent its support to a new equities index.

Rome Reports looks at how seminarians at the Pontifical North American College are screened for the priesthood (video).

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago sums up the first five years of Benedict XVI’s pontificate.

Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has produced a film about John Paul II’s 1979 visit to Poland.

Gerry O’Hanlon SJ unveils a blueprint for the renewal of the Irish Church.

The Huffington Post publishes an extract from Fr James Martin SJ’s new book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything.

And the bookmaker Paddy Power has sponsored a confessional box in a church in Suffolk.

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The leaders of the three main parties all gave their support to Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain in yesterday’s television debate (live blog at 8.46pm).

Benedict XVI has encouraged sick people to offer their sufferings for vocations.

Vatican Archbishop Agostino Marchetto has criticised European countries for turning away Africans fleeing persecution.

The Premier of Ontario has abandoned a plan to alter the province’s sex-education curriculum after publicly funded Catholic schools said they wouldn’t implement the changes.

Anglican George Pitcher applauds yesterday’s statement on abuse by the bishops of England and Wales.

Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco asks why any man would want to become a priest today.

Rome Reports profiles an 18-year-old member of Focolare who will be beatified in September (video).

David Gibson and Fr James Martin SJ consider what penance is and how we can do it.

Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart says New Atheism is destined to go the way of “pet rocks, disco, prime-time soaps and The Bridges of Madison County”.

Rod Dreher wonders if sometimes there is a religious obligation to kill others.

David Goldman at First Things welcomes South Park’s commitment to lampooning all the major world religions equally.

And Woody Allen discusses “the overwhelming bleakness of the universe” with Fr Robert Lauder.

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The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a “direct and unambiguous” statement condemning clerical abuse and inviting Catholics to “make the four Fridays in May special days of prayer”.

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Kildare.

The Bishops of England and Wales have been discussing Britain’s controversial equality laws at their plenary session in Leeds (audio).

Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos has decided not to celebrate a Pontifical Solemn High Mass in Washington DC after complaints from abuse victims.

A Portuguese bishop who will host the Pope next month in his diocese says Benedict XVI has been “tireless in the analysis and correction of abuses“.

The Swiss television channel TSR has removed cartoons satirising the abuse scandal from the internet after a complaint from the Church.

Archbishop Celestino Migliore has addressed the UN Economic and Social Council on the rights of indigenous people.

The Houston Press profiles Daniel Shea, “the man who sued the Pope“.

George Weigel has written an open letter to Hans Küng, demanding that the dissident theologian apologise to Benedict XVI for comments in his open letter to the world’s bishops.

Ross Douthat says the Vatican made a crucial early mistake in its response to questions about Pope Benedict’s handling of abuse cases.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf wonders if there’s something missing from the reports about Cardinal Castrillón’s now notorious letter to a French bishop.

Fr James Martin SJ has taken part in a Bloggingheads.tv debate about priestly celibacy.

And eCanadaNow asks the burning question: “Is the Pope sleep-deprived?

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SSPX bishop Richard Williamson will not be present at his trial in Germany on Friday for denying the Holocaust.

A senior Maltese archbishop met victims of clerical abuse yesterday ahead of the Pope’s visit on Saturday.

A Swedish bishop has asked abuse victims for forgiveness following two reports of abuse perpetrated by priests.

Christopher Hitchens discloses that his campaign to put the Pope on trial will begin at the International Criminal Court (video).

An American priest who appealed from the pulpit for the Pope to resign is at the centre of a media frenzy.

Anthony Flew, the philosopher famous for his atheism who late in life concluded that there was a God, has died aged 87.

Fr James Martin SJ says Cardinal Bertone was wrong to link homosexuality and paedophilia.

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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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The presiding judge in the “Murphy case” says that not a single journalist has contacted him to check the accuracy of the New York Times story on the priest who abused 200 deaf children.

The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a message today ahead of the general election, urging Catholics to question candidates about the place of religion in society.

Haiti’s major seminary will reopen on April 6.

Bradley Brooks reports on the Sisters who are standing up to gunmen in their efforts to save the Amazon rain forest.

Jason Berry considers what Pope Benedict must do to combat the abuse scandal.

Fr Ciro Benedettini reflects on “a difficult and frustrating week” at the Vatican press office.

Fr Vincent Twomey, a theologian and former student of Cardinal Ratzinger, says he believes that Benedict XVI, will “weather the storm“.

Ross Douthat argues that Catholic leaders shouldn’t complain about media double standards on sex abuse.

Psychology Today lists “six important points you don’t hear about regarding clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church”.

Fr James Martin SJ traces the causes of sexual abuse by the clergy for the Huffington Post.

And a soldier who ‘died’ five times will become a Catholic this Easter.

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The Pope has accepted the resignation of Bishop John Magee of Cloyne, the personal secretary to three popes.

The Orange Order is opposing Pope Benedict’s trip to Britain in September.

An exhibition in New York will celebrate John Paul II’s relationship with the Jewish community.

Jesús Colina of Zenit examines the media coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to Irish Catholics.

Salon praises singer Sinead O’Connor for her 18-year battle against the papacy.

Fr James Martin SJ has his “feet held to the fire” by an Australian radio interviewer.

The New Yorker features the Benedictine Monastery of Norcia.

And CatholicTV, the American Catholic television network, is following James Cameron’s lead and broadcasting in 3D.