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Pope Benedict XVI has named José Gomez as the next Archbishop of Los Angeles.

We must seek to be messengers of God’s love, Pope Benedict said on Easter Monday (video).

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham has urged Catholics to pray for the Pope following “intense and unjustified” criticism. Meanwhile, a new website has been launched for Catholics to show their support for Pope Benedict.

Victims of clerical abuse who met Benedict XVI in 2008 have appealed for an October summit on the issue in Rome.

Fr Thomas Brundage has acknowledged that he was aware of an order to halt the trial of Fr Lawrence Murphy, but says that Murphy’s death two days later “made the matter moot”.

A priest accused of abuse in America is working in India and refusing to return to face charges. The Vatican’s lawyer has issued a statement on the case.

Michael Sean Winters says the Vatican needs to call in Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston to tackle the abuse crisis.

In a sneak preview of his new book, John Cornwell argues that Cardinal Newman was a critic of the Vatican.

It is not inevitable that euthanasia proponents will win the day, says Arland Nichols.

Rome Reports visits the Pontifical Beda College in Rome (video).

And Madeleine Bunting says the New Atheists have not dented the growth of religion across the world.

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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.