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Photo: Benedict XVI is seen during his visit to Rome’s synagogue yesterday (AP Photo/ Osservatore Romano, Ho)

This is what Pope Benedict XVI said during his visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue yesterday. John Allen provides analysis, while the New York Times asks whether Pius XII was a saint.

Archbishop John Hepworth, Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), has released details of his correspondence with Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, concerning Anglicanorum coetibus, and says the TAC will respond formally to the Pope’s offer at Eastertide.

Meanwhile, America magazine has named the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the winner of its Campion Award.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has issued a qualified apology to Bishop Ratko Perić of Mostar-Duvno following his controversial visit to Medjugorje.

The New York Times reports on yesterday’s Mass outside Port-au-Prince’s ruined cathedral. Meanwhile, Richard Dawkins doesn’t want believers to get the credit for helping Haitians following the devastating earthquake.

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray has finally left hospital after breaking his hip in the Midnight Mass incident in St Peter’s Basilica.

Peter Steinfels pays tribute to the late theologian Edward Schillebeeckx.

Charlotte Allen argues that, following the deaths of Schillebeeckx and Mary Daly, the flame of Catholic dissent is dying out.

The University of Notre Dame is once again at the centre of controversy after its student-run newspaper published an anti-gay cartoon.

Michael Sean-Winters challenges Archbishop Raymond Burke’s assessment of America (the archbishop’s full homily is here).

Pastor in Valle says Pope Benedict has transformed Rome.

You can find out what the Pope is doing for the next three months here.

And Fr Dwight Longenecker explains why Catholic churches should be tall.

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Welcome to the first “morning Catholic must reads of 2010”. Here are some articles that are worth checking out today:

Pope Benedict XVI says true Christian hope doesn’t depend on good economic forecasts (video here).

The Pope’s personal secretary has visited the woman who knocked the Pontiff to the ground at Midnight Mass.

Pope Benedict’s pastoral letter to Irish Catholics is likely to appear before Lent. Meanwhile, he has sent a letter of condolence following the death of Cardinal Cahal Daly.

The leader of the Taizé Community has urged 30,000 young people to draw on tradition to find new expressions for their faith.

A small parish church in Middlesbrough is putting the Benedictine liturgical reform into practice.

Two new priests have joined the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

Rocco Palmo highlights five big Catholic stories to follow in 2010. And, if you feel like looking back, Headline Bistro names the top 10 Catholic stories of 2009 and Aggie Catholics hails the top 12 Catholic bloggers of last year.

US Catholic has published an in-depth account of the investigation of American women religious.

Peter Steinfels has written his last Beliefs column for the New York Times.

The Mirror of Justice hosted a lively spat between Robert George and Cathleen Kaveny over the Christmas holidays.

Fr Uwem Akpan SJ has a new short story in the New Yorker called “Baptising the Gun”.

And the Pope’s address to the Roman Curia last month is finally available in English.

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A Christian teacher lost her job after offering to pray for a sick pupil.

A rabbi lit the fourth Advent candle at St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, yesterday.

In the end, Senate healthcare reform negotiations were all about abortion, but Bart Stupak is ready for a pro-life last stand.

The backlash against the Pius XII decision begins.

The Holy See copyrights John Paul II.

The number of cardinal-electors has dropped to 112.

Canonist Dr Edward Peters is baffled by the Vatican’s latest action against Emmanuel Milingo.

Fr James Martin SJ is irked by “faith-based advertising”.

Pope Benedict explains why Christians are like Christmas trees.

Historian Diarmaid MacCulloch writes an appreciative Christmas message to Rowan Williams.

Francis X Clooney SJ ponders the questions raised by Archbishop Vincent Nichols’s visit to a Hindu temple.

Peter Steinfels announces the end of his New York Times column.

The Intentional Disciples salute the “extraordinary” Mary Ward, whose Cause progressed on Saturday, while Cardinal Pell rejoices at the progress of Mary MacKillop’s Cause.

Patrick Madrid responds to the disclosure that the founder of the Legion of Christ was a plagiarist.

A septugenarian monk who makes coffins is named among the top Irish-American business people.

Mgr Charles Pope sees God’s glory in snow.

Rorate Caeli explains why the maniple was never abrogated.

And, finally, Cranmer praises the ecumenical spirit of Morning Catholic must-reads.