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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”.

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Mgr Charles Scicluna, the Vatican official in charge of abuse investigations, has given a rare and outspoken interview to the Times of Malta.

The bishops of Malta have issued a pastoral letter ahead of Pope Benedict’s visit to the island on Saturday.

Benedict XVI will visit Cyprus on July 4-6.

Richard Dawkins has distanced himself from a Sunday Times report claiming that he will arrest Pope Benedict during his September visit to Britain. Lawyer Neil Addison says he is relying on “a rubbish legal argument“. Law professor Kal Raustiala disagrees.

BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme says Archbishop Vincent Nichols is “taking legal advice” over an “unwarranted slur” in a Times report on Saturday (audio from 26:08).

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph has reported on an abuse case in the Diocese of Leeds.

AP claimed on Friday that the future Pope had delayed punishing a paedophile priest. Author Phil Lawler, lawyer Jeffrey Lena, journalist John Norton and priest Fr Joseph Fessio debunk the claim.

The PR guru who guided the US bishops out of their abuse crisis says he is “in agony” watching the Vatican fail to communicate effectively.

Ronald Goldfarb, a Washington attorney and expert on confidentiality law, argues that the Church must lift the seal of the confessional.

Writing in the Jerusalem Post, Alon Goshen-Gottstein says critics should have read Fr Raniero Cantalamessa’s Good Friday homily more carefully.

Fr Z unveils a logo to mark biased coverage of Pope Benedict and the abuse scandal.

Fr Philip Powell, OP, explains what lay Catholics can do in response to the scandals.

And the Onion makes a refreshingly inoffensive joke about Pope Benedict.

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Pope Benedict will visit a shelter for the homeless in Rome on Sunday morning.

The Pope will commemorate the shipwreck of St Paul when he travels to Malta in April.

Portugal’s bishops have unveiled a new website to mark the Pope’s visit to the country in May (go directly to the site here).

The Vatican marked the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes yesterday with a fireworks display (video), while Pope Benedict celebrated Holy Mass for the sick (video, full homily text).

The world’s oldest Christian monastery has opened its doors to the public again after eight years of renovations.

The Church “cannot tolerate” abuse by priests, Cardinal Claudio Hummes has told clergy in India.

The search for the successor to Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has officially begun, reports Rocco Palmo.

More than 80 per cent of American Catholic 18 to 29-year-olds believe that morals are “relative”, according to a new survey.

A Catholic school in Ipswich, Suffolk, has banned female pupils from wearing skirts.

A gay rights group is planning to confront Cardinal Francis George of Chicago on Valentine’s Day.

Michael Sean Winters offers an American perspective on the row over Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks on equality legislation in Britain.

Footage of the Scottish bishops’ ad limina meeting with the Pope is now on YouTube (video).

Fr Ray Blake urges British Catholics to be less “churchy”.

Fr Robert Barron discusses the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Deadly Virtues (video).

And singer Cyndi Lauper tells the LA Times that being raised Catholic inspired her spectacular style.