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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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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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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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Denmark is the latest European country to be affected by the abuse crisis.

The Economist says “much hope now rests on a pastoral letter that the Pope is preparing for Catholics in Ireland”, due out tomorrow.

The BBC’s David Willey says that in four decades of reporting from the Vatican he has “never seen a graver crisis“.

Michael White, assistant editor of the Guardian, says the papacy has endured worse crises before and survived them.

The Catholic News Service sums up the strenuous debate in the US Catholic media over the healthcare bill.

Andrea Tornielli of the Italian daily Il Giornale reveals the names of several members of the new commission on Medjugorje.

Legal expert Joshua Rozenberg puts the Catholic Care ruling in perspective.

Organisers say that bringing the Pope to Coventry in September will be “like organising a huge pop concert“.

Rome Reports celebrates a Jesuit architect, painter and master of optical illusions (video).

And L’Osservatore Romano hails an Oscar-nominated film inspired by the Book of Kells.

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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.

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The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) is urging Catholics to ask their MPs to support an amendment to the Government’s sex education Bill, which is debated today.

The head of one of Scotland’s leading Catholic schools has said it is painful that a joined-up “Catholic world” of school, parish and home no longer exists.

The Bishop of Funchal has called for prayers following the devastating floods in Madeira.

The Toronto Apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) will come to an abrupt end next Sunday.

The Traditional Anglican Communion in Central America has endorsed the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.

A bishop has called on Islamist terrorists in the Philippines to spare civilians.

Benedict XVI has written to the Brazilian bishops encouraging them to free people from slavery to money.

The Pope and the Roman Curia began their Lenten retreat with Eucharistic exposition and the celebration of Vespers (official video, Rome Reports video).

An exhibition focusing on John Paul II’s suffering has opened at the Vatican (video).

A Jesuit priest is to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Fordham University Church.

Ana Roco Castro suggests 18 ways in which Catholics can use social media for evangelisation.

Richard Schickel of Vanity Fair explores the Catholic subtext of Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull.

And the Curt Jester suggests an alternative cover design for L’Osservatore Romano.

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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.

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Pope Benedict XVI said the Beatitudes offer “a new horizon of justice” in his Angelus address yesterday, after visiting a Caritas shelter for the homeless in Rome (Angelus video here, full text of Caritas address here).

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham has issued his first pastoral letter.

A petition urging the British Government not to pay a penny for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain has gathered 20,000 signatures and will be handed in at Downing Street on March 4.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said that Britons no longer know how to deal with death.

The Equality Bill’s report stage will take place on March 2.

The report stage and third reading of a Bill making sex education compulsory for 16-year-olds will take place on February 23.

The BBC is to broadcast a three-part documentary featuring Francis Campbell, the British Ambassador to the Holy See.

The Franciscans have announced that they are giving up their British mother house.

John Allen previews Pope Benedict’s summit with the Irish bishops this week, while Colum Kenny argues that it is more about power than justice.

The Pope has picked a Czech bishop once jailed and forced into factory work under Communism to lead Prague archdiocese.

The Pope has urged members of the Pontifical Academy for Life to protect and safeguard human life (video, full text).

Benedict XVI has led a lectio divina meditation at the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary (video).

The Church must “open its arms to all migrants“, a Vatican congress has declared.

Pope Benedict is tipped to make as many as four new Asian cardinals at the next consistory, expected in October.

This Friday an ordinary public consistory will be held for the canonisation of six Blesseds.

Police in Philadelphia have arrested a priest for possession of cocaine.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley has written to female religious in Boston archdiocese urging them to cooperate with the Apostolic Visitation of US women religious.

George Weigel says the Obama administration is pushing an “anorexic” notion of religious freedom around the world.

John Allen says the most senior African prelate in the Roman Curia is determined to take risks.

Astrology and Feng Shui can draw people closer to God, a Filipino bishop has claimed.

Andrew Gray says Pope Benedict’s visit to Scotland will give a fillip to the fight against the “culture of death”.

Fr Tim Finigan spots an unusual calendrical coincidence related to the apparitions at Lourdes.

Fr John Flynn, LC, criticises the “growing trend” of humanising pets.

A small group of Christian Conservatives are rewriting Tory party doctrine, argues the FT.

L’Osservatore Romano has named the Oasis album What’s The Story Morning Glory? one of the 10 greatest albums of all time.

Jessica Alba has said she will not take off her clothes in a film because of her Catholic upbringing.

And new video purports to show Hitler’s furious reaction to the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI.

We will present Newman as a great Englishman and priest, says Archbishop Nichols

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Photo: Archbishop Nichols celebrates Mass in the Chapel of the Three Kings in Rome, where Newman was ordained a Catholic priest (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

There’s an interesting interview with Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster in the latest English edition of L’Osservatore Romano.

The interview, which took place during the ad limina visit, is wide-ranging. But the section about the beatification of Cardinal Newman caught my eye.

The Archbishop sets out, in more detail than ever before, how the Church in England and Wales intends to present Newman to the wider British public.

If I read the Archbishop correctly, it seems the Church will not present Newman primarily as a theologian and Catholic convert, but as an Englishman and a parish priest. See if you agree.

The Archbishop said:

We are looking forward very much to the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, who everybody knows as a scholar, as a famous convert to the Catholic Church, and we would very much want to present him as a man of English culture, as a man who has great stature within the cultural and literary life of our country.

We would very much want him to be appreciated as a parish priest because for over 30 years he was a parish priest and his beatification comes at the end of the Year for Priests. So we have the beatification of an English parish priest just as we close the Year for Priests. We hope that will lead to a greater understanding of the role of the Catholic faith, how it is really part of an English way of life, and perhaps a flowering of new vocations to the priesthood.

I think our hopes would go wider than that as well, because we hope for continuing fruitful dialogue with the Church of England and other Christian partners, and we are very pleased to see the announcement of the third set of International Anglican Roman Catholic Dialogue, ARCIC III, and obviously the outflowing of that into a refreshing of a vision about what a good modern society stands for.

Written by Luke Coppen

February 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

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Turkey can be a bridge between the Christian and Muslim worlds, Pope Benedict XVI has told the country’s new ambassador to the Holy See (video here).

The Pope has personally thanked the security guards who ensure his safety (video).

Vietnamese police have used explosives to destroy a crucifix in a Catholic cemetery.

Talks between the Holy See and Israel are making progress.

An online petition against the beatification of Pius XII has been launched.

Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool has urged people to take extra care of their neighbours as Britain struggles with severe weather conditions.

A former archbishop of the Charismatic Episcopal Church pays tribute to the late Mgr Graham Leonard, who inspired him to become a Catholic.

Valle Adurni welcomes the decision to award the Catholic Truth Society the contract for publishing the new Missal in England and Wales.

Mark Dowd worries that the “usual suspects” will dominate coverage of the Pope’s visit to Britain in September.

An American priest has jumped from a balcony after being accused of abuse.

Fr Robert Barron discusses the controversial relationship between faith and science (video).

A Catholic legal scholar argues that pornography should be treated as a public health hazard.

Headline Bistro reflects on the rise in the number of murders of missionaries in 2009.

Fr James Martin SJ explains how to find God in difficult times.

And L’Osservatore Romano praises the theology of Bono, the lead singer of U2.