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Benedict XVI described priests as “a gift from the heart of Christ” before the Angelus in St Peter’s Square yesterday.

The Age suggests that Cardinal Pell’s appointment as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops was “blocked by elements in the Vatican”. Rorate Caeli considers the other candidates for the post.

A Slovenian student who was tortured and killed by Communists during World War II was beatified on Sunday.

Danish police are hunting a Dutch nun in relation to the death of an elderly Sister in 1993.

Some 2,000 people have taken part in a march accusing Kerala’s Catholic bishops of political “meddling”.

Rome Reports examines preparations for the beatification of Cardinal Newman (video).

Mark Miravalle reflects on Benedict XVI’s “turn towards Mary”.

Maureen Mullarkey challenges the “popular myth” of idyllic coexistence between Muslims, Christians and Jews in Spain.

And Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth has laid the foundation stone of one of the world’s first environmentally friendly parish churches.

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More than 150,000 people from all over Italy flocked to St Peter’s Square on Sunday to express their solidarity with Benedict XVI.

Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will visit the Pope in June.

An Irish bishop has urged Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin to clarify his claim that “strong forces” in the Church want abuse cases to remain hidden.

A 12-man British police delegation was in Portugal last week to assess how to protect Pope Benedict during his visit to Britain.

People who live or work near Coventry Airport may be issued with access permits during the Pope’s visit in September, local police have said.

Cardinal Pell has downplayed suggestions that he will serve as the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec has clashed with local politicians over abortion.

Americans aged between 18 and 29 are increasingly opposed to abortion, a Gallup analysis has found.

The Vatican has signed a mobile phone agreement with Vodafone.

Scholars have met in Rome to discuss “the contribution of Christianity to representative government” (audio).

The Cardinal Newman Society unveils a list of the most controversial speakers at US Catholic colleges in 2010.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston reports on his first visit to Ave Maria University’s campus in Florida.

John Allen analyses why Pope Benedict may have had difficulty defending himself at the height of the abuse crisis.

Fr Anthony Chadwick says the future liturgy of Personal Ordinariates should be the Sarum Use.

Fr Seán Finnegan asks why bishops can sometimes seem to be uncharitable.

English parish priest Fr Ray Blake says he’s decided to use the new English translation of the Mass straight away.

The Irish Catholic newspaper mourns its long-serving columnist Fr Martin Tierney.

And the National Secular Society appeals for victims of clerical abuse to appear at protests during the Pope’s visit to Britain.

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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.