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Caritas has launched an ambitious campaign, Zero Poverty, aimed at completely eradicating child poverty (official website here).

Douglas Alexander, Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development, has personally thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his urgent appeal for Haiti.

The head of the Legion of Christ has urged members of the embattled congregation to be charitable towards one another.

Yesterday the Pope received seven more English and Welsh bishops on their ad limina visit to Rome.

Cardinal Walter Kasper has clashed with the head of Germany’s Evangelical Federation, the EKD, over Pope Benedict.

Thomas Peters offers more details about the next Archbishop of Los Angeles.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver says America’s high divorce rate is a sign of Satan’s continuing activity.

George Weigel hails the “pro-life, pro-marriage” environmentalism of Pope Benedict XVI.

Rocco Palmo wonders when the Pope will bring the College of Cardinals back up to its full voting complement of 120.

Edward Pentin talks to Cardinal Peter Turkson, the most senior African in the Roman Curia.

Villanova University has finished photographing St Peter’s Basilica in order to create a breathtaking virtual tour.

Sandro Magister asks why priests are supporting an adversary of the Church in a local Italian election.

Michèle Nuzzo-Naglieri profiles the priests and bishops who are already responding to the Pope’s call to evangelise the web.

New Atheist Christopher Hitchens is becoming the bane of liberal Christians.

Vivificat ponders the leaked outline of the Catholic-Orthodox discussion on papal primacy.

Headline Bistro examines the controversy over the pro-life advertisement that will be broadcast during the Superbowl.

Fr Anthony Chadwick speculates on the shape of the liturgy in the future Personal Ordinariates.

The proceedings of a major conference on “Christian Realism and Public Life: Catholic and Protestant Perspectives” at the University of St Thomas are now online (audio and video).

And Patrick Madrid explains how you can pray the Our Father with Pope Pius XII (audio).

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Pope Benedict XVI will visit Rome’s Jewish museum as well as its Great Synagogue on Sunday (full programme here).

An Italian priest testifies that Pius XII helped Jewish people during World War Two.

Jewish and Catholic theologians are meeting to discuss the environment.

John Allen looks at the unsung work of a group of bishops from Europe, the United States and Canada who visit the Middle East as part of a Vatican initiative known as the “Holy Land Coordination”.

First Things revisits the problem of theodicy after the Haiti earthquake.

Fr Peter Stravinskas makes a robust defence of the new English translation of the Mass.

Simon Tisdall says Christians in the Muslim world are becoming scapegoats for anger about the “crusader West”

William Lind examines “Pope Benedict’s Counter-Reformation“.

Roberta Green Ahmanson contrasts two starkly different London art exhibitions.

Gregor Kollmorgen tells you everything you ever wanted to know about the almuce but were afraid to ask.

And Fr John Zuhlsdorf laments the bias against Catholic priests on Celebrity Cruises.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s “state of the world” address has provoked a remarkable variety of headlines around the world (official video here).

A woman running for a European Commission post may be about to be rejected because she is Catholic, in a re-run of the Rocco Buttiglione affair.

Holocaust survivors are urging Rome’s chief rabbi to tell the Pope of their pain at the decision to advance Pius XII’s Cause.

Michael Sean Winters predicts that Pope Benedict will regret his dealings with “anti-Semitic monarchists who have been disloyal to every pope since Leo XIII”.

One of the most exotically named members of the College of Cardinals has died, aged 84.

A couple explain what it felt like to have their newborn baptised by the Holy Father in the Sistine Chapel.

US Catholic stands up for the much-maligned post-conciliar musical tradition.

The Daily Telegraph says the late Eric Rohmer “was a Roman Catholic film-maker rather than a film-maker who happened to be Roman Catholic”.

Steven D Greydanus worries that the third Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is drifting away from guiding vision of C S Lewis.

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John Allen reflects on the lessons the Irish Church must learn following the abuse crisis.

Benedict XVI meditated on St Francis and the Christ Child at his general audience yesterday.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster will celebrate Midnight Mass live on BBC One tonight. The Beeb has a sneak preview of his homily.

Nicholas King SJ explains what we can truly know about the first Christmas.

The controversial theologian Edward
Schillebeeckx has died.

The new head of the Russian Orthodox Church has said gay people should not face unjust discrimination.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City has condemned the capital’s decision to recognise same-sex unions.

Umberto Eco deplores the lack of religious literacy in secular Europe.

As the Holy See responds to criticism of the Pius XII move, Hugh O’Shaughnessy considers the case against the Cause of the wartime pope. John Allen urges someone – anyone – to make the case in favour.

Andrew Sullivan says Robert George’s philosophy is “evil”.

Dr Samuel Gregg applauds Pope Benedict’s “stinging rebuke” to liberation theologians.

An adult stem-cell breakthrough has restored a man’s sight.

PETA encourages Pope Benedict to become a vegan.

Finally, I would like to thank you for reading this blog and wish you a very happy Christmas.

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Bart Stupak promises to make a last stand against abortion funding in healthcare reform.

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has issued his Christmas message.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has urged people to recover the true spirit of Christmas.

The funeral of murdered Irish missionary Fr Jeremiah Roche has taken place.

Rocco Palmo says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has made himself deeply unpopular among senior Irish clergy.

The new coadjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury gives his first interview.

An American bishop has ordered congregations to kneel during the Eucharistic Prayer.

Atheists are suing the Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn.

The Vatican’s spokesman reflects on Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the Holy Land.

Mehmet Ali Agca is likely to be released from prison next month.

An archbishop of the beleaguered Pakistani Catholic Church meditates on Christmas (audio).

Hundreds of people are gathering in a Cairo suburb to witness “apparitions” of the Virgin Mary.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has joined critics of the decision to move Pius XII’s Cause forward.

Americans have become less Christian but more mystical, suggests Ross Douthat.

Chuck Norris wonders whether Jesus would have been born under Obamacare.

The Diocese of Westminster issues its 2010 liturgical calendar.

A South Carolina priest has won $100,000 for his parish in a poker tournament.

And a scientist claims that angels can’t fly.

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Pope Benedict recalled his “upsetting” visit to Yad Vashem in his annual address to the Roman Curia yesterday. Sandro Magister picks out the speech’s highlights.

The Telegraph suggests that the Pope’s visit to a Rome synagogue next month is in doubt following the decision to advance Pius XII’s Cause.

Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel respond to the Pius move.

A church lawyer explains what the JFS ruling means for Britain’s faith schools.

Japan’s bishops have reportedly clashed with the Vatican over a new Japanese translation of the Mass.

A priest in Turkey has been threatened as a consequence of the Swiss minaret vote.

CBS examines the plight of Turkey’s beleaguered Christians.

One of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago’s aides has denied giving money to the campaign of the city’s mayor, who supports abortion.

The brother of a Canadian archbishop takes out a newspaper advertisement to explain why he pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

Scientist P Z Myers calls Cardinal Pell a “religious nitwit”.

The Pope has given his blessing to a new initiative of L’Osservatore Romano.

Ross Douthat says James Cameron’s new film, Avatar, is “a long apologia for pantheism”.

Jonathan Jones argues that Caravaggio paved the way for today’s insipid Christmas decorations.

And a new book considers the rise in displays of faith by elite athletes.

World Jewish Congress criticises Pope Benedict over Pius XII move

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The World Jewish Congress has criticised Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to move the Cause of Pius XII forward.

A press release issued this morning reads:

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) today criticised the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to pave the way for the beatification of his controversial war-time predecessor Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli), who was pontiff of the Catholic Church from 1939 to 1958.

WJC President Ronald S Lauder declared: ‘As long as the archives of Pope Pius about the crucial period 1939 to 1945 remain closed, and until a consensus on his actions – or inaction – concerning the persecution of millions of Jews in the Holocaust is established, a beatification is inopportune and premature. While it is entirely a matter for the Catholic Church to decide on whom religious honours are bestowed, there are strong concerns about Pope Pius XII’s political role during World War II which should not be ignored.’

Lauder called on the Vatican to immediately open all existing archives about the Pius era to international researchers in order to dispel doubts that still persist. ‘Given the importance of good relations between Catholics and the Jews, and following the difficult events of the past year, it would be appreciated if the Vatican showed more sensitivity on this matter,’ he said.

The World Jewish Congress is the international organisation representing the Jewish communities in 92 countries around the world. The WJC serves as the diplomatic arm of the Jewish people to governments and international organizations, and it has in the past been at the forefront of dialogue with the Vatican.

Written by Luke Coppen

December 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm