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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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Archbishop Vincent Nichols gave the annual World Communication Day lecture in London yesterday. Fr Stephen Wang preached at a Mass beforehand.

A New York Times/CBS News poll has found that most American Catholics believe the media have blown the abuse crisis out of proportion.

Pope Benedict reflected on his visit to the Turin Shroud at the general audience this morning.

Mgr Bruce Harbert discusses the new English translation of the Roman Canon (video).

George Weigel sketches the future of the Legion of Christ.

Savi Hensman offers a critique of the Westminster Declaration.

And David Bonagura responds to Nicholas Kristof’s theory of the “two Catholic Churches”.

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Pope Benedict XVI promised “Church action” on clerical sexual abuse at his general audience today (video, official summary).

The Pope has reportedly accepted the resignation of Bishop James Moriarty of Kildare over his handling of abuse.

An English bishop has criticised a Liberal Democrat proposal to “abolish” faith schools as the party enjoys a pre-election surge.

The French Catholic Church has launched a bold appeal for new priests.

Devotees of Padre Pio are in uproar over his “glitzy” new tomb.

A clerical abuse case is causing outrage in Kenya.

The Vatican has confirmed that Benedict XVI will have a busy schedule from May to September.

The Pope preached at the funeral of Cardinal Tomáš Špidlík SJ yesterday (full text, video).

Volcanic ash is making life difficult for British pilgrims who wish to see the Turin Shroud.

The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin has declined to exhibit a painting of four archbishops of Dublin in hell.

Mark Shea is dismayed that a leading apologist for torture is championing the pro-life cause.

And PR consultant Richard Weiner offers some free advice to the Church.

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The Vatican will unveil a new worldwide zero-tolerance approach to abuse in the autumn or earlier, says Rome Reports (video).

The bishops of Malta have issued a statement on child abuse ahead of Pope Benedict’s visit on April 17 (audio).

The image of the Catholic church is virtually in ruins, one of Africa’s most senior churchmen has said.

Bill Keller, the executive editor of the New York Times, has defended his paper’s coverage of the scandal.

Fr Federico Lombardi has denied claims that Benedict XVI blocked an investigation into Fr Maciel.

A Chinese bishop has been placed under house arrest for refusing to concelebrate Mass with a state-approved bishop.

A renewal of Christianity is desperately needed, says Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan.

Bishop James Conley says he “learned from direct, first-hand experience that Benedict XVI is truly a man of God, a gift to the Church and a shepherd after the heart of the Good Shepherd”.

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart criticises the Church over abuse in his characteristic style (video).

And an exhibition about the Turin Shroud will go on display at Westminster Cathedral from this Sunday.

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The National Catholic Reporter claims that the Legion of Christ regularly gave ‘bribes’ to three senior Vatican cardinals at the behest of their founder.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Hitler “wanted to steal” the Turin Shroud.

The New York Times says the Vatican’s bureaucracy is struggling to cope with the abuse crisis.

Ross Douthat suggests that “the post-scandal Catholic Church may end up more Rome-centric than ever”.

Joaquin Navarro-Valls has written a robust defence of the Pope.

A rabbi has called the media coverage of the Church abuse scandal “one-dimensional“.

Bishop William Lori says we should be thanking the Pope “for helping the Church confront this crisis in a way that benefits victims“.

Jason Berry assesses Cardinal Levada’s role in the Vatican’s “risky strategy against the media”.

Leonard Klein, a married Catholic priest, asks: “What can the Catholic Church learn from married priests?“.

And Andrew M Brown hails “a wonderful film that shows what the Catholic Church does best”.

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Pope Benedict XVI said true conversion prevents us becoming “slaves of evil or at least prisoners of moral mediocrity” at his general audience yesterday (video). He received ashes at St Sabina, in accordance with tradition (video).

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has a simple message for Lent: “Get back to confession.”

Fr Tom Rosica, head of Salt + Light Television, Canada’s national Catholic television station, has uploaded a series of Lenten meditations to YouTube.

More than one million people have already reserved a place to see the Turin Shroud when it goes on display for the first time in a decade in April.

Pope Benedict XVI must not overlook the suffering of those abused in the care of Church-run institutions in Northern Ireland, an abuse victim there has said.

Paul Inwood, Director of Music and Liturgy of Portsmouth diocese, says the impact of the new English translation of the Mass “is not as upsetting as one might have thought” (scroll down to comments). Meanwhile, Jeffrey Tucker is disturbed by Mr Inwood’s suggestion that he attended a demonstration Mass with the new texts with music.

The BBC hopes that the Pope will appear on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day during his visit to Britain.

No more than 200 people attended the protest against Pope Benedict in London last Sunday, says Fr Tim Finigan.

A father in Chicago could be jailed after taking his three-year-old daughter to a Catholic church.

Andrew Sullivan is appalled by EWTN’s decision to broadcast an interview with a leading apologist for torture (warning: graphic images).

Rob Vischer asks what Catholic legal theory has to say to the Tea Party movement.

And No Hidden Magenta says the Church and controversial ethicist Peter Singer have a surprising thing in common.

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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.