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Pope Benedict XVI described the pallium as a sign of the bond that protects the Church from evil when he presented the woollen band to 38 new archbishops yesterday (video).

The Vatican has loaned the world’s oldest Hebrew book to the Jewish Museum in London.

A website has inspired the faithful to pray 28,000 rosaries for over 250 bishops in six months.

A Vatican website is aspiring to become “the Yellow Pages of the Catholic media“.

The Trumpet accuses Pope Benedict of launching “a new crusade”.

Peter Bingle says Peter Bingle’s appointment as British ambassador to the Holy See would be inspired.

Joseph Bottum takes Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to task over partial-birth abortion.

Michael Sean Winters is leaving America magazine for the National Catholic Reporter.

And a woman in Coventry has invited the Pope to examine her drainpipe during his visit to Britain in September.

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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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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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The patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church has accused Iraqi authorities of complicity in the murder of Christians in Mosul.

A thousand Christians are leaving the Holy Land every year, says Rome Reports (video).

Spiegel Online says Christians are the most persecuted people in the world.

Spain’s bishops have described a radical liberalisation of the country’s abortion law as “a step backward“.

Two years after World Youth Day, Sydney is seeing an upsurge in vocations and ordinations.

The next consistory to create new cardinals may take place in November.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf says the long-awaited “Instruction” on Summorum Pontificum may be imminent.

The campaign to delay the new English translation of the Mass has attracted more than 17,000 signatures.

The National Secular Society continues to fume about the Pope’s visit to Britain.

Three English bishops are taking the fight to save their adoption agencies to the High Court.

The election advice of the bishops of England and Wales will be published this week (previews here and here).

Hundreds of people have attended a national congress in London for Catholics working with young people (photos).

An Irish bishop has said he was embarrassed to kiss the Pope’s ring during the Vatican abuse summit.

The Pope has ended his “profound” week-long Lenten retreat (video).

Hundreds of Polish Catholics are converting to Judaism, says the New York Times.

Archbishop Dolan of New York has given another major television interview (video).

Hugh McLoughlin responds to those who suggest that Pope Benedict disapproves of the Scottish Church.

Giovanni Maria Vian, editor of L’Osservatore Romano, says Benedict XVI has a deep concern for priests.

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, discusses evangelisation in the digital world (audio).

John Allen says the growing presence of foreign priests is helping to make American Catholicism less insular.

A Catholic who defended waterboarding on EWTN is facing severe criticism, the New York Times reports. R R Reno criticises the report.

The Wall Street Journal wonders if we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Reformation.

Tom Holland defends the much-maligned St Paul, as does Sarah Ruden.

Joseph Bottum and R R Reno clash over whether other countries should learn from France’s approach to religious freedom.

Fr Aidan Nichols OP has given a Lent lecture on the priesthood (video) and the Congregation for Clergy has uploaded a trio of videos to YouTube about the priest as Alter Christus.

And Vaticano Spa (“Vatican Ltd”), a book about the alleged murky financial dealings of the Vatican, is a bestseller in Italy.