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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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On the third day of his four-day visit, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Fátima, addressed charity workers and met the Portuguese bishops. His visit concludes today with Mass in Porto and a farewell speech before he flies back to Rome.

Fr Federico Lombardi says he is surprised by the number of people turning out to see the Pope in Portugal.

The BBC reports that businesses affected by the papal Mass at Coventry Airport in September have been told they will not get compensation.

Rome Reports speaks to Sister Bernadette Sangma who is raising awareness of human trafficking at next month’s World Cup (video).

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York says he was filled with “dread and revulsion” when he saw the head of Our Lady of Nagasaki.

Andrew Brown of the Guardian says this is turning out to be a “very much less conservative papacy than anyone expected”.

Ross Douthat of the New York Times demands the resignation of Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, responds to his critics at the National Catholic Reporter.

And Greg Burke marvels at the wax body parts on sale in Fátima.

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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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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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The National Catholic Reporter claims that the Legion of Christ regularly gave ‘bribes’ to three senior Vatican cardinals at the behest of their founder.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Hitler “wanted to steal” the Turin Shroud.

The New York Times says the Vatican’s bureaucracy is struggling to cope with the abuse crisis.

Ross Douthat suggests that “the post-scandal Catholic Church may end up more Rome-centric than ever”.

Joaquin Navarro-Valls has written a robust defence of the Pope.

A rabbi has called the media coverage of the Church abuse scandal “one-dimensional“.

Bishop William Lori says we should be thanking the Pope “for helping the Church confront this crisis in a way that benefits victims“.

Jason Berry assesses Cardinal Levada’s role in the Vatican’s “risky strategy against the media”.

Leonard Klein, a married Catholic priest, asks: “What can the Catholic Church learn from married priests?“.

And Andrew M Brown hails “a wonderful film that shows what the Catholic Church does best”.

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Love is “the badge of the Christian“, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Angelus address yesterday (video here).

The Pope also called on businesses around the world to stem the flow of job losses.

SSPX members have attacked an FSSP church in Mexico.

Meanwhile, Bishop Richard Williamson is continuing to deny the Holocaust.

The reconstruction of Haiti needs to be based on human rights and the principle of subsidiarity, the Holy See’s representative at the UN has said.

The Catholic News Service now has a reporter on the ground in Haiti who will be filing reports all this week.

A Catholic woman is refusing to pay her licence fee over the BBC’s support for abortion.

Almost three quarters of British people support assisted suicide for the terminally ill, according to a BBC poll.

Quality not quantity is the key to Catholic education, Cardinal Seán Brady has told Vatican Radio (audio).

Fr Richard Duffield of the Birmingham Oratory has met Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston to discuss Newman’s Cause.

Susan Boyle says she is dreaming of singing for the Pope when he visits Scotland on the first leg of his visit to Britain in September.

The Knights of Columbus are delivering 100,000 prayer books to US armed services personnel.

No Hidden Magenta wonders if Peter Singer and the Catholic Church can end global poverty together.

Fr Dwight Longenecker “shoots at his hunting buddies” with a critique of traditionalism.

And Father Z considers whether to buy the National Catholic Reporter.

US bishops approve controversial letter on marriage

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The American bishops agreed to publish their controversial pastoral letter, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, at their plenary meeting yesterday. The full text is available as a PDF on the USCCB website.

Catholic San Francisco reports: “Nearly 100 changes in two rounds of amendments preceded the 180-45 vote in favour of Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan on the second day of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops fall general assembly in Baltimore. Two thirds of the USCCB membership, or 175 votes, were required for passage of the document. There were three abstentions. Final approval came after an effort to remand the document to committee failed 56 to 169.”

A draft of the letter was heavily criticised by both the National Catholic Reporter and the Tablet. The NCR called it “a turkey of text” and the Tablet described it as “highly conservative”.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm