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Fides has named the 37 Church workers, priests and religious killed in 2009.

Cardinal Walter Kasper says that the papal Mass at Coventry will not be “easy for a German Pope because Coventry is a symbol of the Second World War”.

More than two million people saw the Turin Shroud during its exposition from April 10 to May 23.

The Catholic world marked a day of prayer for the Church in China yesterday (video).

Benedict XVI received President Denis Sassou N’Guesso of the Republic of Congo on Monday (video).

The organisers of World Youth Day in Madrid next year are seeking 20,000 volunteers to support the expected two million participants (video).

A man who once locked a priest out of his own church is to be ordained a deacon.

The Maronites of Cyprus are eagerly awaiting Pope Benedict’s visit to the island next month.

Barrister Neil Addison courts arrest with his post on the arrest of Christian street preacher Dale Mcalpine.

Peter Jennings is dismayed by John Cornwell’s controversial book on Cardinal Newman.

Fresh from a skirmish with Robert George, Michael Sean Winters finds something to praise in the Princeton professor’s work.

Carl Olson and Moyra Doorly debate the “hierarchy of truths”.

Edward Oakes SJ goes another round with the New Atheists.

Depaul UK, a charity with close links to the Church, has created a hit iPhone app giving users their very own homeless person to look after.

And the Vatican has apologised after its television channel wrongly identified a Bulgarian delegation meeting the Pope as Macedonian.

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Fr Federico Lombardi has issued a short reflection marking the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s election today.

If you missed Pope Benedict’s visit to Malta this weekend, you can read all his homilies and speeches here, the Times of Malta’s complete coverage here and The Catholic Herald’s coverage here.

John Allen describes the Pope’s approach to the abuse crisis as “pastoral, not political“.

AP reports that Jeffrey Lena, the lawyer representing the Holy See in America, has had to move office following threats. Washington Post also speaks to him.

Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto has issued a forceful pastoral letter on abuse (PDF, video).

Bishop Richard Williamson will appeal his £9,000 ($13,000) fine for Holocaust denial.

Pope Benedict has donated £32,000 ($50,000) to the victims of landslides in Brazil.

The Vatican has given its recognitio to the Revised Grail Psalter.

The Pave the Way Foundation says it has unearthed documents showing that the Church excommunicated members of the Nazi Party.

Catholic Culture is inviting Catholics around the world to join it in a defence of Pope Benedict.

The Irish Times has published Hans Küng’s scathing open letter to the world’s bishops.

Nicholas Cafardi asks why the US bishops fought healthcare reform to the end.

The New Liturgical Movement mourns Cardinal Tomas Spidlik.

Robert George wonders if it’s true that not a single Opus Dei priest has ever been accused of abuse.

And Rory Fitzgerald asks if Richard Dawkins should be arrested “for covering up atheist crimes”.

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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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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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Vatican Radio reports on Pope Benedict’s prayer on Sunday for missionaries murdered in Africa (audio).

The Pope met 59 new priests of the embattled Legion of Christ yesterday, Zenit reports.

Cardinal Brady tells Vatican Radio last week’s meeting with the Pope to discuss the Irish abuse crisis was “sad and serious” (audio).

Australia is preparing for a major announcement about the Cause of Blessed Mary MacKillop.

The postulator of Newman’s Cause will undertake a huge fundraising drive in the United States in 2010.

Robert George explains why he co- authored the Manhattan Declaration.

Fr John Flynn examines the “rebirth” of population control.

Jeffrey Steel is shocked by the case of fathers jailed in Germany for refusing to send their children to mandatory sex education classes.

NLM rejoices in the opening of the Cause of Empress Zita.

No Hidden Magenta looks at the precedents for electing bishops in the wake of the Irish abuse scandal.

And a recently released transcript sheds light on John Paul II’s historic meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1989.