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April 2010 in Review

Top Catholicism Stories for April 2010

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The following stories are the most important and most popular stories from the About.com Catholicism GuideSite in April 2010. Click on the headline to read each story, and check out the related articles listed below each story.

1. Show Your Support for Pope Benedict XVI!

Easter 2010 was a particularly trying time for the Holy Father, as various news organizations set aside any pretense to objectivity in an attempt to tie him to scandals involving clergy sexual abuse—even though the Holy Father has done more than anyone else, both as pope and previously, to try to rid the Church of abusive priests.

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2. Join the Knights of Columbus in a Novena for Pope Benedict

Starting on April 11, and running through April 19, the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father's election as the 265th pope of the Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus asked Catholics worldwide (but especially in the United States) to join in a novena for Pope Benedict XVI.

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4. Reader Question: What Happened to the Angelus?

A reader raised an appropriate question for the Easter season: Why had the local Catholic radio station quit broadcasting the Angelus?

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8. A Spiritual Bouquet for Pope Benedict XVI

Starting on Saturday, April 24, 2010, the fifth anniversary of the coronation of Pope Benedict XVI, and running through May 2, the first Sunday of May, the Institute of Christ the King, one of the leading traditionalist societies in the Catholic Church, offered a novena and spiritual bouquet in honor of Pope Benedict. They asked all faithful Catholics to take part in this expression of "fidelity to the Vicar of Christ on earth in this hour when he is unjustly attacked."

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9. World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2010

April 25, 2010 marked the 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Falling in the last months of the Year for Priests and in the midst of unprecedented attacks on the Catholic Church and the priesthood, the 2010 World Day of Prayer for Vocations was particularly poignant.

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10. The New York Times Public Editor on Clerical Sexual Abuse

On Sunday, April 25, 2010, exactly one month after the New York Times set off a firestorm with the front-page headline "Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys," the Times public editor, Clark Hoyt, responded to criticisms of that story and similar coverage in the Times of the clerical sexual-abuse scandal.

11. The New York Times' Attack on Pope Benedict: The Rest of the Story

There were a few particularly glaring problems with Clark Hoyt's response. Only a few days later, however, we received answers to questions Hoyt didn't address—and they came from the New York Times itself.

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