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Benedict XVI has named Swiss Bishop Kurt Koch as the new president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (video).

Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said he was surprised to be named the new prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Communio has posted links to his articles.

Rome Reports profiles Archbishop Rino Fisichella, first president of the new Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation (video).

The Economist pontificates on the “Popeshuffle”.

Nine governments have challenged the European Court of Human Rights ruling on crucifixes in Italian public schools.

The Catholic Church has given £350,000 to the needy in London.

Vatican Radio talks to the Holy See’s lawyer Jeffrey Lena.

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark looks ahead to the papal visit to Britain (audio).

Thinking Faith talks to the Catholic chaplain to Manchester United about football chaplaincy.

Fr Michael Gollop asks what Pusey would have made of the Pope’s offer to Anglicans.

Michael Sean Winters signs off at America magazine.

And comedy writer Jane Bussmann explains why a visit to Uganda cured her anti-clericalism.

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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 will beatify Cardinal Newman in Birmingham rather than in Coventry and tour the Birmingham Oratory during his visit to Britain, it emerged yesterday.

The Russian Orthodox Church and Poland’s Catholic Church promised yesterday to help their nations seek reconciliation.

Pope Benedict has told cloistered nuns at the Dominican convent of Santa Maria del Rosario in Rome that their prayer helps to sustain the Church (full text).

Benedict XVI has blessed a 29ft-tall restored statue of the Virgin Mary at the Don Orione Centre (full text).

The Diocese of Brooklyn is promoting the Cause of a priest who welcomed black people into the Church in New York in the 1920s.

The organisers of World Youth Day 2011 have launched a new promotional advert (video).

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver has said the methods of the professional liturgical establishment have led to “a dead end” (full text).

Michael Sean Winters offers a “final note” on the controversy over the alleged fabrication of quotes at a USCCB meeting.

Fr John Trigilio Jr argues that Fr Marcial Maciel duped Pope John Paul II.

And Louis Ruprecht praises the “eminently modern institutions” of the Vatican Library and the Vatican Museums.

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Fides has named the 37 Church workers, priests and religious killed in 2009.

Cardinal Walter Kasper says that the papal Mass at Coventry will not be “easy for a German Pope because Coventry is a symbol of the Second World War”.

More than two million people saw the Turin Shroud during its exposition from April 10 to May 23.

The Catholic world marked a day of prayer for the Church in China yesterday (video).

Benedict XVI received President Denis Sassou N’Guesso of the Republic of Congo on Monday (video).

The organisers of World Youth Day in Madrid next year are seeking 20,000 volunteers to support the expected two million participants (video).

A man who once locked a priest out of his own church is to be ordained a deacon.

The Maronites of Cyprus are eagerly awaiting Pope Benedict’s visit to the island next month.

Barrister Neil Addison courts arrest with his post on the arrest of Christian street preacher Dale Mcalpine.

Peter Jennings is dismayed by John Cornwell’s controversial book on Cardinal Newman.

Fresh from a skirmish with Robert George, Michael Sean Winters finds something to praise in the Princeton professor’s work.

Carl Olson and Moyra Doorly debate the “hierarchy of truths”.

Edward Oakes SJ goes another round with the New Atheists.

Depaul UK, a charity with close links to the Church, has created a hit iPhone app giving users their very own homeless person to look after.

And the Vatican has apologised after its television channel wrongly identified a Bulgarian delegation meeting the Pope as Macedonian.

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Benedict XVI insisted that “the universal Church precedes the particular Churches” during his homily at Mass on Pentecost Sunday (video, full text).

Pope Benedict said that “without the Spirit the Church would exhaust its strength” at the Regina Coeli (video).

On Saturday that Pope said the global financial crisis was caused by a “lack of trust and adequate creative and dynamic solidarity for the common good”.

On Friday the Pope urged lay Catholics to be more active in the public square during a meeting with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity (video, full text).

On Thursday Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I arranged for a concert to be held in honour of Pope Benedict (video, full text of papal address, Fr Federico Lombardi’s commentary).

Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was reburied in a Polish cathedral on Saturday. Austen Ivereigh applauds.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster blessed 600 married couples at a Mass on Saturday at Westminster Cathedral.

An ecumenical jury at Cannes has awarded its top prize to a film about a massacre of French Cistercians in Algeria.

Benedict XVI has appointed the American lay canon lawyer Dr Edward Peters a Referendarius (Referendary) of the Apostolic Signatura.

John Allen takes a detailed look at the Vatican’s response to claims that it is liable for clerical sexual abuse.

Michael Sean Winters duels with Professor Robert George over a Supreme Court ruling.

Michael Liccione examines the controversy surrounding the excommunication of Sister Margaret McBride.

Tess Livingstone hails the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

Professor Nicolas Standaert considers the impact of the Chinese on the missionary Matteo Ricci.

And Lady Gaga says she would be happy to play for the Pope – minus her raunchy dancers.

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The Traditional Anglican Communion has requested a Personal Ordinariate in the United Kingdom.

Irish children are safer today in the Catholic Church than before, Cardinal Seán Brady has said.

BP has donated $1 million to a Catholic charity helping fishermen affected by the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York has been forced to close.

Mgr Guido Marini has celebrated Mass ad orientem in the Roman Basilica of St Mary Major.

George Weigel says American Catholics have arrived a critical moment in their history.

Michael Sean Winters argues that Pope Benedict is “emphatically is not looking for a culture war”.

George Anderson SJ is dismayed by France’s ban on the burqa.

Fr James Martin SJ is outraged by James Carroll’s attack on priestly celibacy.

Theologian Tina Beattie argues that the bishops are “the most brutal and ignorant of moral dictators“.

Marcel LeJeune lists his 50 favourite saints’ quotations.

And Fr Tim Finigan reports on a go-kart competition for French priests.

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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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Benedict XVI has sent the long-awaited second volume of Jesus of Nazareth to the publishers.

The Pope begins his four-day visit to Portugal today (official Vatican page, official Portuguese Church page, Catholic Herald portal).

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has given a major address on the future of Irish Catholicism.

Pro-life groups have criticised the nomination of Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court.

A Costa Rican court has ordered a bishop to pay damages for encouraging the faithful to vote according to Church teaching.

The Coptic Orthodox Church has pulled out of the Middle East Council of Churches.

AP investigates why relatively few bishops have resigned over mishandling abuse cases.

John Allen says that if Cardinal Pell is appointed prefect of the Congregation for Bishops there will only be one Italian prefect of a Vatican congregation left.

Thomas Peters explains why he has lost confidence in Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.

A veteran American educator says Catholic education is in “very, very serious trouble“.

Michael Sean Winters is appalled by the religious illiteracy of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker.

Micah Mattix considers the legacy of Walker Percy, the American Catholic novelist who died 20 years ago this week.

And Fr James Martin SJ reveals who he thinks should be the next pope.

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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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Pope Benedict XVI has named José Gomez as the next Archbishop of Los Angeles.

We must seek to be messengers of God’s love, Pope Benedict said on Easter Monday (video).

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham has urged Catholics to pray for the Pope following “intense and unjustified” criticism. Meanwhile, a new website has been launched for Catholics to show their support for Pope Benedict.

Victims of clerical abuse who met Benedict XVI in 2008 have appealed for an October summit on the issue in Rome.

Fr Thomas Brundage has acknowledged that he was aware of an order to halt the trial of Fr Lawrence Murphy, but says that Murphy’s death two days later “made the matter moot”.

A priest accused of abuse in America is working in India and refusing to return to face charges. The Vatican’s lawyer has issued a statement on the case.

Michael Sean Winters says the Vatican needs to call in Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston to tackle the abuse crisis.

In a sneak preview of his new book, John Cornwell argues that Cardinal Newman was a critic of the Vatican.

It is not inevitable that euthanasia proponents will win the day, says Arland Nichols.

Rome Reports visits the Pontifical Beda College in Rome (video).

And Madeleine Bunting says the New Atheists have not dented the growth of religion across the world.