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Pope Benedict XVI announced the creation of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation yesterday. John Allen analyses the move (video, full text of papal homily).

The US Supreme Court has declined to review a case claiming that the Vatican is responsible for the actions of a clerical abuser. Jeffrey Lena, the Holy See’s lawyer, responds to the decision.

Westminster Cathedral is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its consecration this week (photo gallery).

Grant Gallicho is puzzled by yesterday’s Vatican statement “slapping” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. Rod Dreher is infuriated by the rebuke, as is Andrew Sullivan.

John Allen explains why the abuse crisis is so explosive in Belgium. Time also offers analysis.

And Mark Shea says John Paul II sinned when he ignored warnings about Fr Marciel Maciel.

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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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The Pope is expected to name Archbishop Velasio DePaolis the Apostolic Delegate to the Legion of Christ.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York are reportedly preparing to make a last-ditch effort to prevent thousands of traditionalists leaving the Church of England.

The Vatican’s spokesman expressed “esteem and solidarity” with Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe yesterday as it emerged that police are investigating the Archbishop of Naples for alleged corruption.

Benedict XVI made an urgent appeal for peace in southern Kyrgyzstan and prayed for the world’s refugees after the Angelus on Sunday (full text, video).

Pope Benedict ordained 14 new priests for the Diocese of Rome in St Peter’s Basilica yesterday (hfull text).

A Vatican spokesman has denied reports that the disgraced former Archbishop of Poznań, Juliusz Paetz, is to be “rehabilitated”.

Zenit publishes the final part of Pope Benedict’s question-and-answer session with priests.

Fr Edward Daly welcomes the Saville report into Bloody Sunday.

Commonweal responds to criticism by the US bishops of its stance on the healthcare bill.

John Allen points out the “elephants in the room” of the Catholic debate on healthcare reform.

Kevin O’Rourke looks at “the complicated reasons behind an abortion at a Catholic hospital” in Phoenix.

George Weigel describes the alternative to “Catholic Lite”.

Karl Giberson urges Christians not to vilify the New Atheists.

Joanna Bogle profiles Catholic Voices, which aims to transform the media image of Catholicism during the Pope’s visit to Britain.

Austen Ivereigh applauds Archbishop Vincent Nichols’s efforts to promote the papal visit.

Rocco Palmo reports on the remarkable success of the iBreviary app for the iPhone.

And Fr Z wonders if the iPad will replace the altar missal.

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Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has urged Catholics to get behind the papal visit to Britain.

Cardinal Francis George, President of US Conference of Catholic Bishops, has said Sister Carol Keehan and her colleagues “are to blame” for the passage of the healthcare bill in March. John Allen offers analysis.

Pope Benedict insisted again that faith “protects reason from every temptation to mistrust its own capacities” at his general audience yesterday (full text).

The Apostolic Nuncio to Kyrgyzstan has described the fighting in the country as an “absolute catastrophe”.

Apostolic visitors have toured 35 US female religious communities so far and have 80 to go.

Scientists claim to have solved the mystery of Caravaggio’s death.

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez assesses the rise of the Catholic Church in the country.

A Reuters blogger feels uneasy about the Pope’s visit to Britain.

Fr Christopher Phillips considers whether papal infallibility will prove an obstacle to the success of Anglicanorum coetibus.

Matthew Warner asks if we need a new apologetics after Vatican II.

And Ross Douthat wonders if the Catholic Church is finished.

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Benedict XVI insisted that “the universal Church precedes the particular Churches” during his homily at Mass on Pentecost Sunday (video, full text).

Pope Benedict said that “without the Spirit the Church would exhaust its strength” at the Regina Coeli (video).

On Saturday that Pope said the global financial crisis was caused by a “lack of trust and adequate creative and dynamic solidarity for the common good”.

On Friday the Pope urged lay Catholics to be more active in the public square during a meeting with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity (video, full text).

On Thursday Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I arranged for a concert to be held in honour of Pope Benedict (video, full text of papal address, Fr Federico Lombardi’s commentary).

Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was reburied in a Polish cathedral on Saturday. Austen Ivereigh applauds.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster blessed 600 married couples at a Mass on Saturday at Westminster Cathedral.

An ecumenical jury at Cannes has awarded its top prize to a film about a massacre of French Cistercians in Algeria.

Benedict XVI has appointed the American lay canon lawyer Dr Edward Peters a Referendarius (Referendary) of the Apostolic Signatura.

John Allen takes a detailed look at the Vatican’s response to claims that it is liable for clerical sexual abuse.

Michael Sean Winters duels with Professor Robert George over a Supreme Court ruling.

Michael Liccione examines the controversy surrounding the excommunication of Sister Margaret McBride.

Tess Livingstone hails the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

Professor Nicolas Standaert considers the impact of the Chinese on the missionary Matteo Ricci.

And Lady Gaga says she would be happy to play for the Pope – minus her raunchy dancers.

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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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The Pope’s remarks on the abuse crisis on the way to Portugal have prompted comment from, among others, John Allen, Ruth Gledhill, Rod Dreher, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and Kevin Clarke.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s frank address on the state of Irish Catholicism has also provoked comment from Fr James Martin SJ, Rod Dreher, James Mackey and John Cooney.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, says the Pope sincerely desires to reach a canonical solution with the Society.

The Brazilian bishops are preparing to issue new guidelines to combat clerical abuse.

The Vatican City State has announced a major upgrade to its communications infrastructure.

Fr Joseph Fessio SJ takes issue with the Tablet’s recent report on Cardinal Christoph Schönborn’s criticisms of Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

Joseph Bottum of First Things issues a blunt call for Cardinal Sodano’s resignation.

And Paul Cat presents flow chart guide to the concept of mortal sin.

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Benedict XVI has sent the long-awaited second volume of Jesus of Nazareth to the publishers.

The Pope begins his four-day visit to Portugal today (official Vatican page, official Portuguese Church page, Catholic Herald portal).

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has given a major address on the future of Irish Catholicism.

Pro-life groups have criticised the nomination of Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court.

A Costa Rican court has ordered a bishop to pay damages for encouraging the faithful to vote according to Church teaching.

The Coptic Orthodox Church has pulled out of the Middle East Council of Churches.

AP investigates why relatively few bishops have resigned over mishandling abuse cases.

John Allen says that if Cardinal Pell is appointed prefect of the Congregation for Bishops there will only be one Italian prefect of a Vatican congregation left.

Thomas Peters explains why he has lost confidence in Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.

A veteran American educator says Catholic education is in “very, very serious trouble“.

Michael Sean Winters is appalled by the religious illiteracy of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker.

Micah Mattix considers the legacy of Walker Percy, the American Catholic novelist who died 20 years ago this week.

And Fr James Martin SJ reveals who he thinks should be the next pope.

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The Sunday Telegraph’s report on the Foreign Office memo suggesting the Pope should open an abortion clinic during his visit to Britain has prompted comment from James Macintyre, Damian Thompson, Harry Mount, Melanie McDonagh, Catherine Pepinster, George Pitcher, Tim Collard, Fr Dwight Longenecker, Gerald Warner, Ruth Gledhill, Mary Beard, Cranmer, William Crawley, Tony Brenton, Giles Pinnock, Joanna Bogle, Fr Timothy Finigan and Fr John Hunwicke SSC.

The Independent reports that Pope Benedict will make “the first general apology” for clerical abuse when he meets thousands of priests from around the world at the end of the Year for Priests.

The Pope has praised the Meter Association, the group founded by Fr Fortunato Di Noto to combat paedophilia.

Benedict XVI will create a Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, to be led by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, reports John Allen.

The internet has led to increased conformity and “the decline of critical spirit”, Pope Benedict has said (video).

Iraqi Christians have defied threats to erect a statue of Jesus modelled on the giant Christ the Redeemer in Rio.

An Italian group has accused Mgr Charles Scicluna of mishandling the case of an alleged clerical abuser.

A retired priest has said he warned Church authorities that Belgium’s longest-serving bishop was an abuser years before he resigned.

Clark Hoyt, the public editor of the New York Times, responds to criticism of the paper’s coverage of the Pope and the abuse crisis.

Christopher Hitchens provides an update on his campaign to arrest the Pope.

Historian Anthony Grafton says Pope Benedict is awaiting the St “Francis or the Angela Merici of our time“.

Joseph Bottum reflects on “the permanent scandal of the Vatican“.

Mark Lawson says the Pope and Catholicism “have become the evil force of choice” for novelists.

A new documentary traces the last days of Oscar Romero.

Marco Tossati discusses his controversial book-length interview with the exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth.

And a Colombian cleric has won an international prize for the best “priestly anecdote” with the story of how he heard the Devil’s confession.

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Fr Federico Lombardi has issued a short reflection marking the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s election today.

If you missed Pope Benedict’s visit to Malta this weekend, you can read all his homilies and speeches here, the Times of Malta’s complete coverage here and The Catholic Herald’s coverage here.

John Allen describes the Pope’s approach to the abuse crisis as “pastoral, not political“.

AP reports that Jeffrey Lena, the lawyer representing the Holy See in America, has had to move office following threats. Washington Post also speaks to him.

Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto has issued a forceful pastoral letter on abuse (PDF, video).

Bishop Richard Williamson will appeal his £9,000 ($13,000) fine for Holocaust denial.

Pope Benedict has donated £32,000 ($50,000) to the victims of landslides in Brazil.

The Vatican has given its recognitio to the Revised Grail Psalter.

The Pave the Way Foundation says it has unearthed documents showing that the Church excommunicated members of the Nazi Party.

Catholic Culture is inviting Catholics around the world to join it in a defence of Pope Benedict.

The Irish Times has published Hans Küng’s scathing open letter to the world’s bishops.

Nicholas Cafardi asks why the US bishops fought healthcare reform to the end.

The New Liturgical Movement mourns Cardinal Tomas Spidlik.

Robert George wonders if it’s true that not a single Opus Dei priest has ever been accused of abuse.

And Rory Fitzgerald asks if Richard Dawkins should be arrested “for covering up atheist crimes”.