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Benedict XVI has named Swiss Bishop Kurt Koch as the new president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (video).

Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said he was surprised to be named the new prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Communio has posted links to his articles.

Rome Reports profiles Archbishop Rino Fisichella, first president of the new Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation (video).

The Economist pontificates on the “Popeshuffle”.

Nine governments have challenged the European Court of Human Rights ruling on crucifixes in Italian public schools.

The Catholic Church has given £350,000 to the needy in London.

Vatican Radio talks to the Holy See’s lawyer Jeffrey Lena.

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark looks ahead to the papal visit to Britain (audio).

Thinking Faith talks to the Catholic chaplain to Manchester United about football chaplaincy.

Fr Michael Gollop asks what Pusey would have made of the Pope’s offer to Anglicans.

Michael Sean Winters signs off at America magazine.

And comedy writer Jane Bussmann explains why a visit to Uganda cured her anti-clericalism.

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The New York Times launches a fierce attack on Cardinal William Levada’s handling of abuse cases after he criticised the paper’s coverage of the crisis.

Benedict XVI backed efforts to reduce the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons at his general audience yesterday (video).

Members of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences have met to discuss the global financial crisis. Fr Raymond de Souza, a participant, comments.

The Vatican has named the patrons of World Youth Day in Madrid next year. They include Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.

The number of pilgrims travelling to St Patrick’s Purgatory at Lough Derg is increasing.

Cardinal Seán Brady will deliver a major lecture on Irish Catholicism in Oxford later this month.

Zenit catches up with Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier ahead of next month’s World Cup in South Africa.

Daniel Cere at the Homiletic and Pastoral Review says the Church’s response to this abuse crisis has been disturbing.

Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, president of the Belgian bishops’ conference, discusses the impact of the crisis in his country.

Vatican Radio talks to Richard Rouse, an official at the Pontifical Council for Culture, about the media’s role in uncovering abuse.

History professor Robert Ventresca says the crisis will lead to a stronger Church.

Rocco Palmo profiles “Big George” Pell, who is expected to be the next prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Zenit concludes its interview with Tom Peterson, founder of Catholics Come Home.

Commonweal publishes an essay by the acclaimed novelist Marilynne Robinson.

And Fr Gerald Coleman discusses whether Catholics should support the decriminalisation of cannabis.

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A Vatican economist has claimed that the true cause of the recession is the West’s falling birth rate.

Anglo-Catholic Bishop Edwin Barnes accuses the Archbishop of Canterbury of making it impossible for Anglican traditionalists to remain in the Church of England.

The informal ecumenical symposium at the Vatican will end today, reports Vatican Radio.

The Archdiocese of Boston has raised $15 million in an appeal, matching last year’s total.

A Catholic priest has lost six relatives in a terrorist attack in Pakistan.

The bishops of Sri Lanka are appealing for a code of conduct for the country’s politicians.

Catholics are being urged to get to grips with the new English translation of the Mass even before it is introduced.

Australia’s bishops have launched an online companion to Lent.

John Allen explains why everyone is so enthusiastic about Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, the papabile president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Anchoress is thrilled by yesterday’s Oprah Winfrey show segment on the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Deborah Morlani ponders the role of mothers in liturgical reform.

Mark Davoren OP celebrates the remarkable life of Fr Cormac Rigby, former BBC Radio 3 presenter.

Fr James Martin SJ addresses “papalotry” among American Catholic intellectuals.

And Fr Z recommends that liberal Catholics ask Dr Rowan Williams for a “Spirit of Vatican II Ordinariate“.

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Photo: Benedict XVI pictured at Vespers closing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome

Christians are called to offer a common witness in the face of the increasingly complex challenges of our time, Pope Benedict XVI said yesterday at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The House of Lords has rejected the Government’s Equality Bill.

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has issued a leaflet encouraging Catholics to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday.

A senior Polish bishop has reportedly accused Jews of using the Holocaust as a “propaganda weapon”.

On the day that a number of English and Welsh bishops met Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican Radio spoke to Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham (audio).

The Patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola, is to assist at Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Terry Mattingly explains why the mainstream media ignore the annual March for Life.

Brother Stephen, O.Cist, applies lessons from Cistercian history to the effort to define the liturgical patrimony of Anglo-Catholics.

Gemma Simmonds, CJ, says the life of Mary Ward still has much to teach us.

A Benedictine liturgist has criticised Pope Benedict’s liturgical reforms, saying they lack “a historical and cultural approach to the liturgy”.

Father Z makes an appeal for thoughtful supporters of the vernacular Mass.

And Fr Joseph Komonchak wonders why Catholics find it easier to be ruder to other Catholics than to Protestants, Jews and Muslims.

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Rocco Palmo applauds the appointment of a woman, Dr Flaminia Giovanelli, to a high-ranking post in the Roman Curia.

Pope Benedict XVI gave the traditional blessing of lambs on the feast of St Agnes yesterday (video here).

Cardinal Bertone will remain in his post as Vatican Secretary of State even though he has reached the age of retirement.

Giles Pinnock reports on the funeral Mass of Mgr Graham Leonard, the former Anglican Bishop of London.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, speaks to Vatican Radio about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (audio).

The Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Rev Michael Scott-Joynt, has described the Equality Bill as “irrational and ignorant”.

As many as 30 seminarians were killed in the Haiti earthquake, Zenit reports.

Fr David Jaeger gives an insight into the delicate state of relations between Israel and the Holy See.

William Saletan uncovers the practice of sex-selection abortion in the United States.

The Mirror of Justice has begun its discussion of John Allen’s important new book The Future Church.

And American bishop who is due for retirement has earned the ultimate accolade: he has become a bobblehead.

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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.

Benedict honours the Servant of God Paul VI

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Pope Benedict XVI visited Brescia, the birthplace of Paul VI, today.

Vatican Radio reports that Benedict spoke of his deep bond with his predecessor.

Asia News provides a good summary of the visit and you can find the full texts of the Pope’s four speeches in Brescia (in Italian) here.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm