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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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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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Pope Benedict XVI promised “Church action” on clerical sexual abuse at his general audience today (video, official summary).

The Pope has reportedly accepted the resignation of Bishop James Moriarty of Kildare over his handling of abuse.

An English bishop has criticised a Liberal Democrat proposal to “abolish” faith schools as the party enjoys a pre-election surge.

The French Catholic Church has launched a bold appeal for new priests.

Devotees of Padre Pio are in uproar over his “glitzy” new tomb.

A clerical abuse case is causing outrage in Kenya.

The Vatican has confirmed that Benedict XVI will have a busy schedule from May to September.

The Pope preached at the funeral of Cardinal Tomáš Špidlík SJ yesterday (full text, video).

Volcanic ash is making life difficult for British pilgrims who wish to see the Turin Shroud.

The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin has declined to exhibit a painting of four archbishops of Dublin in hell.

Mark Shea is dismayed that a leading apologist for torture is championing the pro-life cause.

And PR consultant Richard Weiner offers some free advice to the Church.

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Benedict XVI returned from Castel Gandolfo for a few hours yesterday to address more than 21,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square (video).

Cardinal Sodano has given an interview to L’Osservatore Romano explaining why he made an outspoken defence of the Pope on Easter Sunday.

The New York Times reports on a bishop in Norway who resigned in May after admitting he had abused a boy.

NPR investigates whether the Vatican can be sued in US courts.

Rome Reports defends Benedict XVI’s record on battling sex abuse in the Church (video).

George Weigel attempts to separate truth from falsehood in the abuse scandal.

AP suggests that future popes will be closely vetted following the crisis.

The Pew Research Centre finds that Protestants are more critical than Catholics of the Pope’s handling of the crisis.

The wrong actions of some do not justify the vilification of all, Archbishop Donald Wuerl argues in the Washington Post.

Sholto Byrnes of the New Statesman wonders what has happened to the Catholic Church he grew up in.

Austen Ivereigh is shocked by claims that the Legion of Christ bribed senior Vatican cardinals. His colleague, Michael Sean Winters, isn’t.

Tim Drake speculates on Archbishop Gomez’s priorities as the future head of Los Angeles archdiocese.

Kathryn Jean Lopez clashes with Maureen Dowd over the status of women in the Church.

Ross Douthat wonders why the number of Americans who believe in the Resurrection is falling.

And Westminster Auxiliary Bishop George Stack gives the thumbs up to a new film about a Carmelite community in London.

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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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AFP reports that a man verbally abused the Pope at the general audience yesterday. CNS reports that an unidentified man urged the Pope to excommunicate Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden before being escorted out of St Peter’s Square (full text of Pope’s remarks in English, video).

John Allen provides the most thorough analysis yet of Pope Benedict’s struggle to confront child abuse in the Church.

Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds has welcomed the High Court ruling in favour of Catholic Care over gay adoption. America magazine reflects on the ruling.

The Bishops’ Conferences of Scotland, England and Wales have composed a prayer for Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain.

Boston College has received a $20 million gift from the co-founder of a supermarket chain to help train Catholic teachers.

Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams concludes that leading exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth is “NUTS”.

And a canon lawyer explains why Catholics can enjoy pepperoni pizza this Friday.

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Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has set out the key themes of the pre-election document of the Bishops of England and Wales (video, audio, photos).

Benedict XVI reflected on his hero St Bonaventure at the general audience yesterday (video, full text).

Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, secretary of the Congregation for Clergy, has written a letter to the world’s priests (full text).

A Spanish exorcist has denied claims that there are Satanists in the Roman Curia.

The Vatican Television Centre will begin broadcasting in high definition from October.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has called for a ban on condom advertisements in public places.

Lebanon’s Maronite bishops have appealed for a national dialogue to address the country’s divisions.

The Traditional Anglican Communion has formally requested a Personal Ordinariate for the United States.

New Mexico’s Catholic bishops are not happy with a new food tax which they say penalises the poor.

The Guardian picks up on a new campaign to highlight the racist origins of the abortion movement.

Ignatius Insight publishes the article that was too edgy for the Notre Dame Observer.

No Hidden Magenta says the fuss about the US bishops’ revised guidelines on artificial nutrition and hydration is “much ado about nothing“.

Paul Lauritzen interviews Vatican stargazer Brother Guy Consolmagno (audio).

Carl Olson ponders the difference between atheists and liberal Anglicans.

Anthony Stevens-Arroyo identifies two different types of American bishop.

A website offers a new way to experience the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (video).

And Danielle Bean wonders if full body scans are really an affront to modesty.