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Benedict XVI described Mary as “the perfect disciple of Jesus” in his address before the Regina Caeli yesterday (video).

The Pope’s four-day trip to Portugal will begin tomorrow despite the closure of some Portuguese airspace because of volcanic ash (video).

Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg on Saturday.

The Pontiff urged Belgian bishops to promote vocations when he met them on their ad limina visit on Saturday (video).

China’s state-approved Church has begun to ordain Vatican-approved bishops after a break of more than two years.

The All India Christian Council says that communal violence against Christians is continuing (audio).

A politician has urged the Dutch Church to open an independent investigation into claims of clerical abuse from 1945 to the present day.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has appointed a new child protection officer for the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols revealed more details of the Pope’s visit to Britain during a question-and-answer session with journalists last week.

John Cornwell claims that Cardinal Newman “was utterly opposed to the idea of his own beatification”.

The Very Rev Colin Slee, the Dean of Southwark, urges disillusioned Catholics to join the Church of England.

Francis X Clooney SJ praises the latest teaching document of the Bishops of England and Wales.

The New York Times profiles Fr Robert Bowers, a priest at the “intersection of faith and doubt”.

Mgr Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, discusses the ethics of journalism.

Jamie Manson lays down a challenge to “old progressives” in the Church.

And Marcel LeJeune names the Church documents that every Catholic ought to read.

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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).

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A Christian teacher lost her job after offering to pray for a sick pupil.

A rabbi lit the fourth Advent candle at St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, yesterday.

In the end, Senate healthcare reform negotiations were all about abortion, but Bart Stupak is ready for a pro-life last stand.

The backlash against the Pius XII decision begins.

The Holy See copyrights John Paul II.

The number of cardinal-electors has dropped to 112.

Canonist Dr Edward Peters is baffled by the Vatican’s latest action against Emmanuel Milingo.

Fr James Martin SJ is irked by “faith-based advertising”.

Pope Benedict explains why Christians are like Christmas trees.

Historian Diarmaid MacCulloch writes an appreciative Christmas message to Rowan Williams.

Francis X Clooney SJ ponders the questions raised by Archbishop Vincent Nichols’s visit to a Hindu temple.

Peter Steinfels announces the end of his New York Times column.

The Intentional Disciples salute the “extraordinary” Mary Ward, whose Cause progressed on Saturday, while Cardinal Pell rejoices at the progress of Mary MacKillop’s Cause.

Patrick Madrid responds to the disclosure that the founder of the Legion of Christ was a plagiarist.

A septugenarian monk who makes coffins is named among the top Irish-American business people.

Mgr Charles Pope sees God’s glory in snow.

Rorate Caeli explains why the maniple was never abrogated.

And, finally, Cranmer praises the ecumenical spirit of Morning Catholic must-reads.