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Pope Benedict’s visit to Cyprus next month could lead to a historic meeting with the Patriarch of Moscow.

Benedict XVI expressed concern about the effects of climate change in Mongolia when meeting the country’s new ambassador to the Holy See yesterday (video).

The Pope also welcomed the first ambassador to the Holy See from the United Arab Emirates (video).

A Maltese man has been fined for posting a comment on Facebook saying the Pope should be shot.

Composer James MacMillan’s new Mass setting will be sung in Coventry as well as Glasgow during the Pope’s visit to Britain.

Jason Berry says the abuse crisis has created “cracks in the wall of the Roman Curia”.

Historian Diarmaid MacCulloch accuses Pope Benedict of attempting to re-write Vatican II.

Andrew Brown asks whether the creation of “synthetic life” has turned men into gods. Rod Dreher wonders what C S Lewis would have made of it.

Edward Pentin ponders the political risks of Pope Benedict’s visit to Cyprus.

David Gibson praises Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston for saying that Catholic schools should welcome the children of same-sex couples.

Thomas Reese SJ says Pope Benedict would support greater financial regulation in the United States.

Thomas Peters is annoyed by an irreverent new iPhone app.

And an Italian light-middleweight boxer has promised that if he wins a new title belt he will ask the Pope to bless it.

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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”.

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The National Catholic Reporter claims that the Legion of Christ regularly gave ‘bribes’ to three senior Vatican cardinals at the behest of their founder.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Hitler “wanted to steal” the Turin Shroud.

The New York Times says the Vatican’s bureaucracy is struggling to cope with the abuse crisis.

Ross Douthat suggests that “the post-scandal Catholic Church may end up more Rome-centric than ever”.

Joaquin Navarro-Valls has written a robust defence of the Pope.

A rabbi has called the media coverage of the Church abuse scandal “one-dimensional“.

Bishop William Lori says we should be thanking the Pope “for helping the Church confront this crisis in a way that benefits victims“.

Jason Berry assesses Cardinal Levada’s role in the Vatican’s “risky strategy against the media”.

Leonard Klein, a married Catholic priest, asks: “What can the Catholic Church learn from married priests?“.

And Andrew M Brown hails “a wonderful film that shows what the Catholic Church does best”.

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The presiding judge in the “Murphy case” says that not a single journalist has contacted him to check the accuracy of the New York Times story on the priest who abused 200 deaf children.

The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a message today ahead of the general election, urging Catholics to question candidates about the place of religion in society.

Haiti’s major seminary will reopen on April 6.

Bradley Brooks reports on the Sisters who are standing up to gunmen in their efforts to save the Amazon rain forest.

Jason Berry considers what Pope Benedict must do to combat the abuse scandal.

Fr Ciro Benedettini reflects on “a difficult and frustrating week” at the Vatican press office.

Fr Vincent Twomey, a theologian and former student of Cardinal Ratzinger, says he believes that Benedict XVI, will “weather the storm“.

Ross Douthat argues that Catholic leaders shouldn’t complain about media double standards on sex abuse.

Psychology Today lists “six important points you don’t hear about regarding clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church”.

Fr James Martin SJ traces the causes of sexual abuse by the clergy for the Huffington Post.

And a soldier who ‘died’ five times will become a Catholic this Easter.