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Pope Benedict XVI announced the creation of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation yesterday. John Allen analyses the move (video, full text of papal homily).

The US Supreme Court has declined to review a case claiming that the Vatican is responsible for the actions of a clerical abuser. Jeffrey Lena, the Holy See’s lawyer, responds to the decision.

Westminster Cathedral is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its consecration this week (photo gallery).

Grant Gallicho is puzzled by yesterday’s Vatican statement “slapping” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. Rod Dreher is infuriated by the rebuke, as is Andrew Sullivan.

John Allen explains why the abuse crisis is so explosive in Belgium. Time also offers analysis.

And Mark Shea says John Paul II sinned when he ignored warnings about Fr Marciel Maciel.

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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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The official website of Newman’s Cause responds to John Cornwell’s effort to debunk the miracle that will lead to the cardinal’s beatification in September.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is questioning the legality of Channel 4’s decision to broadcast an advertisement promoting abortion, the first of its kind in Britain.

Belgium’s Catholic bishops have asked sexual abuse victims for pardon in a pastoral letter issued after their ad limina visit to Rome (full text in French).

An Orthodox archbishop in Cyprus has warned critics of the Pope’s visit to the island on June 4 that they are placing themselves outside the Church.

Benedict XVI reflected on his trip to Portugal at his general audience yesterday (video, full text of remarks in English).

Pope Benedict will visit the Don Orione Centre in Rome to bless a statue of the Virgin “Salus populi romani” on June 24.

A survey finds that 66 per cent of Polish Catholics pray for the intercession of Pope John Paul II.

Jon Kraushar considers what President Barack Obama could learn from John Paul II.

Fr Ray Blake defends the “pre-emptive use” of the new English translation of the Mass.

Andrew Brown compares and contrasts Ireland’s two most prominent Catholic leaders: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Cardinal Seán Brady.

And the people of Flint, Michigan, remember a feisty nun known as “Sister Bingo“.

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Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience yesterday to two Italian priests who served the needy (video).

The five bishops who conducted an apostolic visitation of the Legion of Christ will present their report to the Pope on Friday.

The US bishops respond to Nicholas Cafardi’s claim that they led the Church into a “cul-de-sac” during the heathcare debate.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach gives a candid account of his audience with Benedict XVI yesterday.

An American mother is hoping Pope Benedict will intervene to prevent the execution of her son by the state of Texas.

John Smeaton and Mulier Fortis continue to question the wisdom of appointing former Labour MP Gregory Pope as deputy director of the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales.

The Vatican has lent its support to a new equities index.

Rome Reports looks at how seminarians at the Pontifical North American College are screened for the priesthood (video).

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago sums up the first five years of Benedict XVI’s pontificate.

Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has produced a film about John Paul II’s 1979 visit to Poland.

Gerry O’Hanlon SJ unveils a blueprint for the renewal of the Irish Church.

The Huffington Post publishes an extract from Fr James Martin SJ’s new book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything.

And the bookmaker Paddy Power has sponsored a confessional box in a church in Suffolk.

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John Paul II’s Cause has been delayed by a Vatican medical commission’s decision not to recognise an alleged miracle attributed to the late pontiff, the Rome daily La Repubblica has claimed.

Ruth Gledhill reports on the High Court challenge by the Catholic Care adoption agency.

William Crawley rounds up reports on the “militant atheist” found guilty of religious harassment at Liverpool Crown Court.

A Vatican chorister has been sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting.

Secular campaigners have handed in a petition to 10 Downing Street protesting Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain.

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has said she would “help Jesus to burn down the Vatican“.

The Vatican is to send investigators to a German school facing allegations of sexual abuse by two of its priests.

The Catholic Bart Stupak and 11 Democratic allies in the US House of Representatives are prepared to block President Obama’s healthcare plan over abortion.

Malaysian officials have decided not to prosecute two Muslim reporters who deceived a Catholic church and received Holy Communion.

John Allen, inventor of the phrase “Taliban Catholicism”, goes in search of “Taliban Orthodoxy“.

USA Today profiles “pop culture priest” Fr James Martin SJ.

And comedian Frank Skinner says that, as a Catholic, he welcomes a bit of persecution.

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The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) is urging Catholics to ask their MPs to support an amendment to the Government’s sex education Bill, which is debated today.

The head of one of Scotland’s leading Catholic schools has said it is painful that a joined-up “Catholic world” of school, parish and home no longer exists.

The Bishop of Funchal has called for prayers following the devastating floods in Madeira.

The Toronto Apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) will come to an abrupt end next Sunday.

The Traditional Anglican Communion in Central America has endorsed the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.

A bishop has called on Islamist terrorists in the Philippines to spare civilians.

Benedict XVI has written to the Brazilian bishops encouraging them to free people from slavery to money.

The Pope and the Roman Curia began their Lenten retreat with Eucharistic exposition and the celebration of Vespers (official video, Rome Reports video).

An exhibition focusing on John Paul II’s suffering has opened at the Vatican (video).

A Jesuit priest is to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Fordham University Church.

Ana Roco Castro suggests 18 ways in which Catholics can use social media for evangelisation.

Richard Schickel of Vanity Fair explores the Catholic subtext of Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull.

And the Curt Jester suggests an alternative cover design for L’Osservatore Romano.

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Fr Tim Finigan asks whether Catholic state education in Britain has entered its “endgame”. Damian Thompson, John Smeaton, Mulier Fortis, St Mary Magdalen, and Sunday Morning Soapbox also reflect on the latest developments in the battle over sex education.

Forward in Faith UK is supporting a Day of Prayer today, the feast of the Chair of St Peter, in response to Anglicanorum Coetibus. Thinking Anglicans rounds up the latest developments. And Christian Campbell says that, despite claims to the contrary, groups of Anglicans around the world are preparing to respond to the Pope’s offer.

Two of the Vatican’s most senior officials have raised the issue of reducing the number of dioceses in Ireland.

Pope Benedict XVI began his traditional Lenten retreat on Sunday evening (audio). Shortly before, he gave the Angelus address in which he compared Lent to “a long retreat” (video).

Pope Benedict has confirmed that he will visit a Lutheran church in Rome next month.

The Pope has not yet received a letter from members of the Pontifical Academy for Life criticising their president, Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

The Guardian suggests that the Pope has condemned intrusive body scanners at airports.

No Hidden Magenta wonders if Europe is heading for its own Roe vs Wade.

Australian and Quebec will gain their first saints on October 17 (video).

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago will speak at Brigham Young University tomorrow on the topic “Catholics and Latter-day Saints: Partners in the Defence of Religious Freedom”.

A Marian statue damaged during the atomic bombing of Nagasaki will meet its counterpart in Guernica as part of a “peace pilgrimage” marking the 65th anniversary of the bombing.

America magazine examines the trends in the latest Annuario Pontificio and Rocco Palmo notes that the Catholic Church in America is still growing.

Robbers have shot dead a priest in Mexico.

The BBC reports that a monastery near Vienna is offering men the chance to “be a monk for a weekend“.

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, asks whether John Paul II was “crazy or holy“.

Zenit meets the Polish twin brothers who both felt called to the priesthood in the Salesian order.

And Da Mihi Animas marvels at the skills of the skateboarding friar (video).

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Pope Benedict XVI touched on sex education, marriage preparation and child abuse in his address to the Pontifical Council for the Family yesterday (full text).

Irish bishops have promised victims of abuse that they will personally deliver a letter from them to the Pope.

Der Spiegel presents an in-depth investigation of the growing German priestly abuse scandal.

Cardinal Walter Kasper has floated the idea of an “ecumenical catechism” at a gathering of Christian leaders in Rome.

The General Synod of the Church of England is driving Anglo-Catholics to the brink once again, says Andrew Brown, as clergy predict a mass exodus over women bishops.

A Ugandan bishop has urged Catholics not to join the breakaway Catholic Apostolic National Church.

A pioneering priest blogger in Korea says he is heartened by the Pope’s World Communications Day message endorsing blogging.

London Christians are preparing to mark the 30th anniversary of the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

A replica of the Turin Shroud has gone on display in a parish church in Leeds.

An Evangelical says that Pope John Paul II’s self-mortification holds a lesson for all Christians.

And elephants are apparently exacting revenge on the persecutors of Christians in India.

The 10 most important Catholic moments of the decade

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A couple of weeks ago I asked you to tell me what you thought were the 10 most significant Catholic events of the Noughties. Thank you for your excellent response. Here the results, in rough order of importance:

1) The last days and death of John Paul II (April 2, 2005)

2) The election of Pope Benedict XVI (April 19, 2005)

2) John Paul II’s visit to the Holy Land (March 20-26, 2000)

3) The Ryan and Murphy reports (May 20, 2009 and November 26, 2009)

4) World Youth Days (Rome 2000, Toronto 2002, Cologne 2005, Sydney 2008)

5) Regensburg address (September 12, 2006)

6) Summorum Pontificum (July 7, 2007)

7) The Jubilee prayer for forgiveness for sins of Church members (March 12, 2000)

8) Anglicanorum coetibus (November 4, 2009)

9) The publication of the Third Secret of Fatima (May 13, 2000)

10) The new English Mass translation (March 28, 2001- )

Are there any outrageous omissions? Should one event be ranked above another? If so, just leave a comment, letting me know what and why.

List lovers should also check out John Allen’s “biggest Vatican stories of the decade”.

All photos: Catholic News Service

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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.