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The official website of Newman’s Cause responds to John Cornwell’s effort to debunk the miracle that will lead to the cardinal’s beatification in September.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is questioning the legality of Channel 4’s decision to broadcast an advertisement promoting abortion, the first of its kind in Britain.

Belgium’s Catholic bishops have asked sexual abuse victims for pardon in a pastoral letter issued after their ad limina visit to Rome (full text in French).

An Orthodox archbishop in Cyprus has warned critics of the Pope’s visit to the island on June 4 that they are placing themselves outside the Church.

Benedict XVI reflected on his trip to Portugal at his general audience yesterday (video, full text of remarks in English).

Pope Benedict will visit the Don Orione Centre in Rome to bless a statue of the Virgin “Salus populi romani” on June 24.

A survey finds that 66 per cent of Polish Catholics pray for the intercession of Pope John Paul II.

Jon Kraushar considers what President Barack Obama could learn from John Paul II.

Fr Ray Blake defends the “pre-emptive use” of the new English translation of the Mass.

Andrew Brown compares and contrasts Ireland’s two most prominent Catholic leaders: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Cardinal Seán Brady.

And the people of Flint, Michigan, remember a feisty nun known as “Sister Bingo“.

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More than 150,000 people from all over Italy flocked to St Peter’s Square on Sunday to express their solidarity with Benedict XVI.

Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will visit the Pope in June.

An Irish bishop has urged Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin to clarify his claim that “strong forces” in the Church want abuse cases to remain hidden.

A 12-man British police delegation was in Portugal last week to assess how to protect Pope Benedict during his visit to Britain.

People who live or work near Coventry Airport may be issued with access permits during the Pope’s visit in September, local police have said.

Cardinal Pell has downplayed suggestions that he will serve as the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec has clashed with local politicians over abortion.

Americans aged between 18 and 29 are increasingly opposed to abortion, a Gallup analysis has found.

The Vatican has signed a mobile phone agreement with Vodafone.

Scholars have met in Rome to discuss “the contribution of Christianity to representative government” (audio).

The Cardinal Newman Society unveils a list of the most controversial speakers at US Catholic colleges in 2010.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston reports on his first visit to Ave Maria University’s campus in Florida.

John Allen analyses why Pope Benedict may have had difficulty defending himself at the height of the abuse crisis.

Fr Anthony Chadwick says the future liturgy of Personal Ordinariates should be the Sarum Use.

Fr Seán Finnegan asks why bishops can sometimes seem to be uncharitable.

English parish priest Fr Ray Blake says he’s decided to use the new English translation of the Mass straight away.

The Irish Catholic newspaper mourns its long-serving columnist Fr Martin Tierney.

And the National Secular Society appeals for victims of clerical abuse to appear at protests during the Pope’s visit to Britain.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to the Irish Church has provoked a deluge of commentary. Here are some of the most interesting comments: John Allen, Lisa Miller, Fr Ray Blake, Fr Tim Finigan, George Pitcher, Giles Pinnock, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, Vatican Radio, Fr Federico Lombardi and Archbishop Vincent Nichols.

The third official meeting of the representatives of the Holy See and of the SSPX for doctrinal talks took place on Saturday.

Catholics in Zambia are asking the Pope to remove the Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu of Lusaka.

Rome Reports says Archbishop Oscar Romero’s Cause is gaining new momentum (video).

Pope Benedict reflected on the universality of art at a concert on Saturday night in the Clementine Hall (video).

Theologian Tina Beattie and atheist Carl Packman discuss God, Christianity and violence.

And the Vatican now has an official Twitter account.

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Pope Benedict will visit a shelter for the homeless in Rome on Sunday morning.

The Pope will commemorate the shipwreck of St Paul when he travels to Malta in April.

Portugal’s bishops have unveiled a new website to mark the Pope’s visit to the country in May (go directly to the site here).

The Vatican marked the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes yesterday with a fireworks display (video), while Pope Benedict celebrated Holy Mass for the sick (video, full homily text).

The world’s oldest Christian monastery has opened its doors to the public again after eight years of renovations.

The Church “cannot tolerate” abuse by priests, Cardinal Claudio Hummes has told clergy in India.

The search for the successor to Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has officially begun, reports Rocco Palmo.

More than 80 per cent of American Catholic 18 to 29-year-olds believe that morals are “relative”, according to a new survey.

A Catholic school in Ipswich, Suffolk, has banned female pupils from wearing skirts.

A gay rights group is planning to confront Cardinal Francis George of Chicago on Valentine’s Day.

Michael Sean Winters offers an American perspective on the row over Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks on equality legislation in Britain.

Footage of the Scottish bishops’ ad limina meeting with the Pope is now on YouTube (video).

Fr Ray Blake urges British Catholics to be less “churchy”.

Fr Robert Barron discusses the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Deadly Virtues (video).

And singer Cyndi Lauper tells the LA Times that being raised Catholic inspired her spectacular style.

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Pope Benedict XVI has given his support to priest-bloggers in his World Communications Day message (full text here).

The Pope has decided to create a new commission to investigate alleged apparitions at Medjugorje, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said.

We must ask God for the gift of the complete unity of all the disciples of Christ, the Pope said yesterday during his Angelus address (video here).

As the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince was laid to rest, the Pope sent a letter of condolence to the president of Haiti, Vatican Radio reports (audio).

The Archbishop of Canterbury has attended a Mass at Westminster Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols (photos here).

Faith schools “must be absolutely clear about the importance of civil partnerships“, Education Secretary Ed Balls has said.

The Murphy Report has become an unlikely bestseller in Ireland.

The new Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has been installed, succeeding the slain Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho.

An eight-month-old boy is being cared for after being taken from his home in Nottinghamshire and abandoned on the steps of an Irish cathedral.

A pro-life advertisement will air during this year’s Superbowl.

The Guardian publishes an approving profile of “America’s last late-term abortionist“.

No Hidden Magenta wonders why pro-lifers have embraced the pro-choice Scott Brown.

Simon Sarmiento accuses the churches of panicking over the Equality Bill.

Fr Ray Blake says Benedict XVI’s policy on distributing Holy Communion at papal liturgies is “absurd and nonsensical“.

Adam Kirsch says Hans Küng offers Judaism backhanded praise in his latest book.

James Wood reflects on how preachers deal with natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti.

Francis X Clooney SJ says we shouldn’t completely dismiss Pat Robertson’s comments about Haiti and Peter Schineller SJ considers whether the Church supports “the right to loot“.

And Pope Benedict has announced plans to build a second Vatican on the moon by the year 2017 (audio).