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In a busy 24 hours in Portugal yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI gave a landmark address on culture, attended Vespers with priests, religious and seminarians, consecrated priests to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and recited the rosary at the shrine of Our Lady of Fátima.

Archbishop Peter Smith has welcomed Britain’s coalition government on behalf of the Catholic community. John Smeaton of SPUC offers a word of caution.

A court is investigating allegations of sexual abuse by members of a Spanish religious order.

Kenya’s Catholic bishops have launched a campaign to defeat the country’s new constitution.

Joe Feuerherd of the National Catholic Reporter says William Donohue of the Catholic League is bad for the Church.

Michael Sean Winters takes on Deal Hudson after he criticised Sister Carol Keehan for supporting the healthcare bill.

Jeremy Irons will play Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) in a new series about the Borgias.

And Mark Shea discovers another reason to love Pope Benedict.

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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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Fr Tim Finigan asks whether Catholic state education in Britain has entered its “endgame”. Damian Thompson, John Smeaton, Mulier Fortis, St Mary Magdalen, and Sunday Morning Soapbox also reflect on the latest developments in the battle over sex education.

Forward in Faith UK is supporting a Day of Prayer today, the feast of the Chair of St Peter, in response to Anglicanorum Coetibus. Thinking Anglicans rounds up the latest developments. And Christian Campbell says that, despite claims to the contrary, groups of Anglicans around the world are preparing to respond to the Pope’s offer.

Two of the Vatican’s most senior officials have raised the issue of reducing the number of dioceses in Ireland.

Pope Benedict XVI began his traditional Lenten retreat on Sunday evening (audio). Shortly before, he gave the Angelus address in which he compared Lent to “a long retreat” (video).

Pope Benedict has confirmed that he will visit a Lutheran church in Rome next month.

The Pope has not yet received a letter from members of the Pontifical Academy for Life criticising their president, Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

The Guardian suggests that the Pope has condemned intrusive body scanners at airports.

No Hidden Magenta wonders if Europe is heading for its own Roe vs Wade.

Australian and Quebec will gain their first saints on October 17 (video).

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago will speak at Brigham Young University tomorrow on the topic “Catholics and Latter-day Saints: Partners in the Defence of Religious Freedom”.

A Marian statue damaged during the atomic bombing of Nagasaki will meet its counterpart in Guernica as part of a “peace pilgrimage” marking the 65th anniversary of the bombing.

America magazine examines the trends in the latest Annuario Pontificio and Rocco Palmo notes that the Catholic Church in America is still growing.

Robbers have shot dead a priest in Mexico.

The BBC reports that a monastery near Vienna is offering men the chance to “be a monk for a weekend“.

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, asks whether John Paul II was “crazy or holy“.

Zenit meets the Polish twin brothers who both felt called to the priesthood in the Salesian order.

And Da Mihi Animas marvels at the skills of the skateboarding friar (video).

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Pope Benedict’s landmark meeting with the Irish bishops got underway yesterday (video).

We are led to believe the Pope has done nothing about priestly abuse, says David Quinn, when, in fact, he has said and done quite a lot.

The Diocese of Middlesbrough has appealed against a ruling that it was responsible for physical and sexual abuse at a Catholic children’s home.

Neil Addison, a barrister and expert on religious freedom, names the best articles to have come out the Pope Equality Bill furore.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster received an honorary doctoral degree from Birmingham City University yesterday.

The theologian Fr Aidan Nichols OP answers the critics of the Catholic Church in his new book.

John Smeaton of SPUC urges the English and Welsh bishops to “cease their collaboration on pro-life/pro-family issues with the Government“.

The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei has issued some “important clarifications” of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.

Radio Prague profiles the city’s new archbishop, while the Prague Daily Monitor says he hopes to settle long-running Church-state disputes.

Established missionaries in Haiti are suspicious of the wave of newcomers, the New York Times reports.

Bishops from across the Americas are gathering in Canada to discuss the challenges of priestly life.

American Catholics of all ages believe moral values are in decline, a new survey says.

Michael Sean Winters hails the creators of a new billboard campaign in Georgia linking abortion and race.

The Church is to advise priests not to perform weddings on cruise ships.

David Blackburn of the Spectator says L’Osservatore Romano’s list of “pop milestones” is surprisingly hip.

And Yahoo! Sports hails the champion speedskater who became a nun.