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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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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 promised “Church action” on clerical sexual abuse at his general audience today (video, official summary).

The Pope has reportedly accepted the resignation of Bishop James Moriarty of Kildare over his handling of abuse.

An English bishop has criticised a Liberal Democrat proposal to “abolish” faith schools as the party enjoys a pre-election surge.

The French Catholic Church has launched a bold appeal for new priests.

Devotees of Padre Pio are in uproar over his “glitzy” new tomb.

A clerical abuse case is causing outrage in Kenya.

The Vatican has confirmed that Benedict XVI will have a busy schedule from May to September.

The Pope preached at the funeral of Cardinal Tomáš Špidlík SJ yesterday (full text, video).

Volcanic ash is making life difficult for British pilgrims who wish to see the Turin Shroud.

The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin has declined to exhibit a painting of four archbishops of Dublin in hell.

Mark Shea is dismayed that a leading apologist for torture is championing the pro-life cause.

And PR consultant Richard Weiner offers some free advice to the Church.

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In an oblique response to the abuse crisis, Pope Benedict has announced that he will dedicate his Easter weekly general audiences to the priesthood (video).

The Vatican confirmed yesterday that Fr Jerzy Popiełuszko, the Solidarity priest and martyr, will be beatified on June 6 in Marshal J Pilsudski Square in Warsaw.

Mexico City churches have reported a surge in Mass-goers during Holy Week.

Ross Douthat goes another round with Christopher Hitchens over the Pope and the abuse scandal.

Fr Joseph Fessio SJ defends the future Pope’s handling of the Kiesle case (video).

Paolo Rodari reports that the Vatican’s English Twitter feed is far more popular than those of other languages.

Thinking Faith salutes Robert Parsons, “the exemplar of the sinister Jesuit of popular imagination”, who died 400 years ago today.

Rod Dreher wonders if our minds are hard-wired for God.

Rob Vischer asks why senior Church officials are so gaffe-prone.

Andrew Sullivan suggests that new Catholic churches should look like Apple stores.

Catholic blogger Mark Shea wonders if the internet is making our manners coarser.

And, in response to the “12 evilest Pope pictures” meme, Anna Arco presents the “12 sweetest Pope pictures“. E D Kain applauds.

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John Allen has an exclusive interview with Mother Mary Clare Millea, the nun leading the Apostolic Visitation of America’s female religious.

Pope Benedict XVI has chosen Salesian Fr Enrico dal Covolo to preach at his week-long Lenten retreat.

The Pope is considering an invitation to consecrate the Sagrada Familia church, designed by Antoni Gaudí, in Barcelona.

The Pope told Rome’s priests yesterday that they must be true men in order to bridge the human and divine realities (video).

The number of students who claim they were sexually abused by Jesuit priests at schools across Germany has risen to 115, a lawyer has said.

Cardinal George Pell has confirmed that he had a pacemaker fitted in a Rome hospital after a cardiac problem during his visit to the Vatican last month.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has urged Christians not to fear Islam.

The American bishops are to offer seminars on the new English translation of the Roman Missal across the country.

Rocco Palmo reports on Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s powerful Ash Wednesday homily and assesses the Pope’s choice as the next Archbishop of Prague.

Vatican Radio catches up with Cardinal Peter Turkson, the new president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Andrew Sullivan challenges the US bishops to crack down on dissent from the Magisterium’s teaching on torture, while Fr James Martin SJ accuses EWTN of “cafeteria Catholicism”.

No Hidden Magenta suggests the Church needs to employ a PR firm.

Deacon Greg Kandra spots the rarely seen “Loggia whisperer”.

Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni says he would like to coach Vatican City’s football team after he retires.

The Vatican Observatory? There’s an app for that.

And Mark Shea discovers that rare thing: Lenten humour.

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La Croix reports that Bishop Richard Williamson has broken his enforced silence, giving an interview in French, describing Vatican-SSPX talks as a “dialogue of the deaf“.

The Holy See and the SSPX have reportedly held a “secret” meeting.

Pope Benedict XVI has asked Ireland’s bishops to come to Rome next month to discuss the country’s abuse crisis.

The new Archbishop of Malines-Brussels has changed his name and set out his ambitions for the post.

The New York Times reports on bloody clashes between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.

Malaysian police say they have arrested eight people over the firebombing of a church.

Let’s build a better Haiti, urges the head of Caritas in the earthquake-struck country.

A Catholic archbishop is supporting a Protestant leader who criticised Germany’s role in Afghanistan.

The Vatican has outlined the agenda for October’s Synod on the Middle East (lineamenta in full here).

Pro-abortion senator Barbara Boxer has said the US Senate’s healthcare bill abortion compromise is “only an ‘accounting procedure’ “.

The New York Times relishes a guide to food and drink made by monks and nuns.

Mark Shea wrestles with the meaning of the term “neo-Catholic”.

And Terry Eagleton has dedicated his new book, On Evil, to Henry Kissinger.