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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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Benedict XVI described Mary as “the perfect disciple of Jesus” in his address before the Regina Caeli yesterday (video).

The Pope’s four-day trip to Portugal will begin tomorrow despite the closure of some Portuguese airspace because of volcanic ash (video).

Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg on Saturday.

The Pontiff urged Belgian bishops to promote vocations when he met them on their ad limina visit on Saturday (video).

China’s state-approved Church has begun to ordain Vatican-approved bishops after a break of more than two years.

The All India Christian Council says that communal violence against Christians is continuing (audio).

A politician has urged the Dutch Church to open an independent investigation into claims of clerical abuse from 1945 to the present day.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has appointed a new child protection officer for the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols revealed more details of the Pope’s visit to Britain during a question-and-answer session with journalists last week.

John Cornwell claims that Cardinal Newman “was utterly opposed to the idea of his own beatification”.

The Very Rev Colin Slee, the Dean of Southwark, urges disillusioned Catholics to join the Church of England.

Francis X Clooney SJ praises the latest teaching document of the Bishops of England and Wales.

The New York Times profiles Fr Robert Bowers, a priest at the “intersection of faith and doubt”.

Mgr Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, discusses the ethics of journalism.

Jamie Manson lays down a challenge to “old progressives” in the Church.

And Marcel LeJeune names the Church documents that every Catholic ought to read.

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The New York Times launches a fierce attack on Cardinal William Levada’s handling of abuse cases after he criticised the paper’s coverage of the crisis.

Benedict XVI backed efforts to reduce the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons at his general audience yesterday (video).

Members of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences have met to discuss the global financial crisis. Fr Raymond de Souza, a participant, comments.

The Vatican has named the patrons of World Youth Day in Madrid next year. They include Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.

The number of pilgrims travelling to St Patrick’s Purgatory at Lough Derg is increasing.

Cardinal Seán Brady will deliver a major lecture on Irish Catholicism in Oxford later this month.

Zenit catches up with Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier ahead of next month’s World Cup in South Africa.

Daniel Cere at the Homiletic and Pastoral Review says the Church’s response to this abuse crisis has been disturbing.

Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, president of the Belgian bishops’ conference, discusses the impact of the crisis in his country.

Vatican Radio talks to Richard Rouse, an official at the Pontifical Council for Culture, about the media’s role in uncovering abuse.

History professor Robert Ventresca says the crisis will lead to a stronger Church.

Rocco Palmo profiles “Big George” Pell, who is expected to be the next prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Zenit concludes its interview with Tom Peterson, founder of Catholics Come Home.

Commonweal publishes an essay by the acclaimed novelist Marilynne Robinson.

And Fr Gerald Coleman discusses whether Catholics should support the decriminalisation of cannabis.

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The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments is to issue its formal approval of the new English translation of the complete Roman Missal later today.

The notorious Foreign Office memo mocking Pope Benedict XVI is now online, as is the “stakeholder positioning chart“. The official responsible for the memo has reportedly gone into hiding.

Cardinal William Levada has defended the Vatican’s response to the abuse crisis in an interview with PBS (full transcript).

Catholicism is up by 33 per cent in Africa and 16 per cent in Asia, USA Today reports.

The US bishops have condemned Arizona’s “draconian” new immigration law.

The province of Ontario is offering funding to help Catholic schools develop their own sex education course, following a clash with the Church.

Jesuit Fr Francis Xavier Dumortier is the new rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

The leader of the Taizé community has presented Pope Benedict with a Chinese Bible.

Norway’s Catholic Church has been informed of seven new possible cases of paedophilia by priests.

The New York Times profiles Jeffrey Anderson, the lawyer suing the Vatican.

Ross Douthat says the spate of episcopal resignations are good for the Church.

And Ashley Makar explains what the microbial biology of cheese has to do with Benedictine spirituality.

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The Vatican will unveil a new worldwide zero-tolerance approach to abuse in the autumn or earlier, says Rome Reports (video).

The bishops of Malta have issued a statement on child abuse ahead of Pope Benedict’s visit on April 17 (audio).

The image of the Catholic church is virtually in ruins, one of Africa’s most senior churchmen has said.

Bill Keller, the executive editor of the New York Times, has defended his paper’s coverage of the scandal.

Fr Federico Lombardi has denied claims that Benedict XVI blocked an investigation into Fr Maciel.

A Chinese bishop has been placed under house arrest for refusing to concelebrate Mass with a state-approved bishop.

A renewal of Christianity is desperately needed, says Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan.

Bishop James Conley says he “learned from direct, first-hand experience that Benedict XVI is truly a man of God, a gift to the Church and a shepherd after the heart of the Good Shepherd”.

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart criticises the Church over abuse in his characteristic style (video).

And an exhibition about the Turin Shroud will go on display at Westminster Cathedral from this Sunday.

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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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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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Pope Benedict XVI gave the urbi et orbi blessing before a packed St Peter’s Square yesterday (video, full text, photos).

In his homily at the Easter Vigil, the Pope reflected on the meaning of eternal life (video, full text).

The Pope said that love is the only force that can change the world at the end of the Good Friday Way of the Cross at the Colosseum (video, full text of Pope’s reflection, full text of Cardinal Ruini’s meditations).

On Holy Thursday, Pope Benedict said that Jesus “challenges us to a constant examination of conscience” (video, full text).

On Saturday, Fr Federico Lombardi issued a statement on the “Teta case” following a report by AP.

On Friday, the New York Times offered more background on the Murphy case and published an interview with a man abused by Fr Peter Hullermann.

Geoffrey Robertson QC has claimed that the Pope could be prosecuted for “systematic sex crimes“. AP reports that other lawyers disagree with him.

John Allen wonders if it’s still possible to find middle ground on Pope Benedict.

Fr Thomas Reese SJ reflects on what Europe can learn from the US abuse crisis.

Peggy Noonan argues that both the media and the Pope deserve credit for confronting the abuse crisis.

The maternity unit of the St John and Elizabeth Hospital in London is to close.

The husband of St Gianna Beretti Molla has died, aged 97.

A French bishop has apologised after a drunken priest punched a mourner at a funeral.

And the New York Times profiles film director and priest Fr Eddie Siebert SJ.

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Pope Benedict XVI said priests are called to be messengers of hope and peace at his general audience yesterday (video).

The New York Times has taken note of critics of its reporting on the Pope and sexual abuse, publishing reports on Fr Thomas Brundage’s testimony in the Murphy case and Cardinal William Levada’s critique of the paper (the cardinal’s full text here).

The New York Daily News, the fifth most-widely circulated daily newspaper in America, has published an editorial defending the Pope over the Murphy case.

The Swiss bishops have admitted they underestimated the scale of the abuse problem and urged victims to come forward.

A Mexican archdiocese has cancelled a mission after 10 young people were murdered, reportedly by drug traffickers.

A Brazilian court has delayed the trial of a rancher accused of ordering the murder of Sister Dorothy Stang.

A new website dedicated exclusively to covering Pope Benedict XVI and the sex abuse crisis has just been launched.

Ross Douthat draws attention to a remarkable graph of the American priestly abuse crisis and defends his interpretation of it.

Fr James Martin SJ urges Catholics not to blame the media for the abuse scandal, while his colleague, Michael Sean Winters, says it’s right to criticise poor reporting.

And, finally, a reminder that all the Holy Week celebrations at the Vatican will be broadcast live on the internet here.

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The presiding judge in the “Murphy case” says that not a single journalist has contacted him to check the accuracy of the New York Times story on the priest who abused 200 deaf children.

The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a message today ahead of the general election, urging Catholics to question candidates about the place of religion in society.

Haiti’s major seminary will reopen on April 6.

Bradley Brooks reports on the Sisters who are standing up to gunmen in their efforts to save the Amazon rain forest.

Jason Berry considers what Pope Benedict must do to combat the abuse scandal.

Fr Ciro Benedettini reflects on “a difficult and frustrating week” at the Vatican press office.

Fr Vincent Twomey, a theologian and former student of Cardinal Ratzinger, says he believes that Benedict XVI, will “weather the storm“.

Ross Douthat argues that Catholic leaders shouldn’t complain about media double standards on sex abuse.

Psychology Today lists “six important points you don’t hear about regarding clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church”.

Fr James Martin SJ traces the causes of sexual abuse by the clergy for the Huffington Post.

And a soldier who ‘died’ five times will become a Catholic this Easter.