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# World Youth Day
Pope ends World Youth Day with appeal to 'become missionaries'
Pope Benedict XVI urges the 1.5 million attending the festival in Madrid not to “keep Christ to yourselves”.
# World Youth Day
Pope makes Spanish saint "doctor" of the Catholic Church
Patron saint of Spanish clergy gets the nod for one of Vatican’s highest honours in the hope that his example will “enlighten all priests”, says Benedict at World Youth Day Mass.
Voices
Column: You, Me and the Holy See
Lisa McInerney on the “sickly, complicated” relationship Ireland has with Catholicism: “It’s completely wrong for Irish Catholics to demand the State be run to their spiritual stipulations.
# China
China considers ordaining seven more bishops amid rift with Vatican
The Vatican has already refused to recognise three bishops recently ordained by China’s state-controlled Catholic church.
# Philadelphia
Pope accepts Cardinal's resignation after clerical abuse scandal ...in Philadelphia
It’s not just in Ireland, you know. Cardinal Justin Rigali steps down as Archbishop of Philadelphia over sex abuse.
# China
Vatican expels 'bishop' unofficially ordained by Chinese government
China’s state authorities appointed their third unofficial bishop in eight months – escalating tensions with the Holy See.
# Holocaust Denial
British bishop convicted of denying Holocaust begins German appeal
Catholic bishop Richard Williamson claims he was asked “leading questions” in a Swedish TV interview.
# Irish 'Catholics'
Watch: US Catholic TV preacher finds Irish Catholicism "in dire straits"
Catholic preacher travels to make video in Dublin – and is shocked that people “deliberately miss Mass” and at finding stickers that “promote sodomy as a right”.
Voices
Column: Cardinal Rules – On how to organise a social media protest
This week, the (not) Primate of All-Ireland tries to mobilise The Bebo, The Twitter and The Facebook to protest against a “shocking” art exhibition.
# First Communion
First Communion worth almost €58 million to economy - survey
Parents spent an average of €1,000 per child on children celebrating their First Holy Communion since April.
# Malta
Maltese voters go to polls on legalising divorce
400,000 voters – the majority of them Catholic – will choose whether to allow divorce after four years of separation.
Voices
Column: Cardinal Rules (Part 23) On the beatification of Pope John Paul II
This week, the (not) Primate of All Ireland gives us a peek at his diary from the Vatican last weekend:”We are as excited as a bunch of schoolgirls on their way to a Cliff Richard concert”.
LIVE
Filmmaker claims to have found nails used in Jesus' crucifixion
A new movie by Simcha Jacobovici claims that two artefacts found in a Tel Aviv lab could the ones used to kill Jesus.
# Atheism
New Vatican initiative will 'reach out to atheists'
The Church unveils a plan to open dialogue with non-believers – but there’s no room for the likes of Richard Dawkins.
Voices
Cardinal Rules Part 15: On Lenten bootcamp for priests
The (not) Primate of All Ireland brings the Fathers on a pre-Easter retreat of expiation and self-flagellation. They also promise to give up pink M&Ms for Lent.
# Death Threats
Gaybo 'received death threats' over Late Late features
Gay Byrne tells The Sun that the Late Late Show’s frank discussion of topics like homosexuality made him a public target.
# Catholicism
The second miracle of Cardinal Newman paves the way for sainthood
The founder of UCD will be beatified by the Pope later this month.