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Pope Benedict XVI announced the creation of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation yesterday. John Allen analyses the move (video, full text of papal homily).

The US Supreme Court has declined to review a case claiming that the Vatican is responsible for the actions of a clerical abuser. Jeffrey Lena, the Holy See’s lawyer, responds to the decision.

Westminster Cathedral is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its consecration this week (photo gallery).

Grant Gallicho is puzzled by yesterday’s Vatican statement “slapping” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. Rod Dreher is infuriated by the rebuke, as is Andrew Sullivan.

John Allen explains why the abuse crisis is so explosive in Belgium. Time also offers analysis.

And Mark Shea says John Paul II sinned when he ignored warnings about Fr Marciel Maciel.

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The Pope will beatify Cardinal Newman in Birmingham rather than in Coventry and tour the Birmingham Oratory during his visit to Britain, it emerged yesterday.

The Russian Orthodox Church and Poland’s Catholic Church promised yesterday to help their nations seek reconciliation.

Pope Benedict has told cloistered nuns at the Dominican convent of Santa Maria del Rosario in Rome that their prayer helps to sustain the Church (full text).

Benedict XVI has blessed a 29ft-tall restored statue of the Virgin Mary at the Don Orione Centre (full text).

The Diocese of Brooklyn is promoting the Cause of a priest who welcomed black people into the Church in New York in the 1920s.

The organisers of World Youth Day 2011 have launched a new promotional advert (video).

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver has said the methods of the professional liturgical establishment have led to “a dead end” (full text).

Michael Sean Winters offers a “final note” on the controversy over the alleged fabrication of quotes at a USCCB meeting.

Fr John Trigilio Jr argues that Fr Marcial Maciel duped Pope John Paul II.

And Louis Ruprecht praises the “eminently modern institutions” of the Vatican Library and the Vatican Museums.

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Rocco Palmo publishes the liturgical texts for the feast of John Henry Newman, rumoured to be October 9.

Every Catholic should be a disciple of St Thomas Aquinas, Pope Benedict XVI said at his general audience yesterday (full text).

The Pope received some 20,000 text messages of support after the general audience.

Bishop Walter Mixa has reportedly agreed to stand by his decision to resign.

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has said he hopes the Lautsi case will not force “all European countries to conform to a model of secularism that is antagonistic to any manifestation of religion in the public sphere”.

The registered number of Catholics in Japan has fallen by half a per cent in a year.

John Allen discusses Christian-Muslim relations with Cardinal Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice.

William Van Ornum asks if the Church is losing good potential priests because of psychological testing.

The Saint Barnabus’ Blog says it is now too late for Anglo-Catholicism to survive.

Fr Dwight Longenecker reflects on the “brilliantly annoying style” of GK Chesterton.

Patrick Madrid says Marcial Maciel is to the Legion of Christ what the Deepwater Horizon rig is to the Gulf of Mexico.

And Rome Reports showcases the worst-dressed priests in the world (video).

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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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The Vatican has issued a guide “to understanding the procedures of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on sexual abuse allegations”. For the first time in a Vatican document it includes an explicit directive to comply with civil laws requiring bishops to report abuse to the police.

John Allen reports on what happened when the editor of L’Osservatore Romano met the Vatican correspondent of the New York Times.

Austen Ivereigh says coverage of the abuse crisis “has now moved into a new, irrational phase”.

The National Catholic Reporter has published the second part of Jason Berry’s exposé of Fr Marcial Maciel.

Hong Kong diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission has urged Beijing to release the human rights activist Hu Jia.

Scot McKnight says scholarly attempts to discover the “real” Jesus have failed – and that’s a good thing.

Rome Reports profiles a social networking site exclusively for priests (video).

And an archbishop’s family recipe has become a runaway hit in Japan. The pork dish is said to be “especially attractive to women and those getting on in years”.