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Pope’s butler could face four years in jail

The courtroom in which former papal butler Paolo Gabriele will stand trial (Photo: CNS)

Judge says the criminal trial, which begins at the Vatican tomorrow, is ‘extremely’ rare

Vatican says after Libya violence: Benedict XVI is bringing message of peace to Middle East

The US Consulate in Benghazi is engulfed in flames (Photo: CNS)

Vatican spokesman deplores violence as well as disrespect for religious beliefs

Most bishops’ conferences miss Vatican deadline on drafting abuse guidelines

Mgr Scicluna pictured at a penitential vigil in Rome (CNS photo)

Mgr Scicluna says without counting Africa a majority of conferences have complied with Vatican instruction

Pope defends Cardinal Bertone against ‘unjust’ criticism

Cardinal Bertone greets Pope Benedict XVI at a concert in the Pope's honour (CNS photo)

Benedict XVI reiterates ‘personal confidence’ in Vatican Secretary of State in a letter

Benedict XVI says pallium is sign of tie to heaven and earth, Christ and pope

Pope Benedict XVI presents a pallium to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore (Photo: CNS)

Ceremony began with ‘Tu es Petrus’ sung by Sistine Chapel and Westminster Abbey choirs

Vatican releases guidelines on promoting vocations

Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education

Cardinal says ‘the strongest candidates grow in hostile environments’

Vatican translates rules for assessing apparitions for first time

Pilgrims pray around a statue of the Virgin Mary on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje (CNS photo)

The rules were approved in 1978 but only made available in Latin

‘I don’t know what is awaiting me,’ says Pope on 85th birthday

Children in traditional Bavarian dress greet Pope Benedict XVI on his 85th birthday (CNS photo)

Benedict XVI says he is on ‘the last stretch’ of his journey in life

Dissent will not renew the Church, Pope says at Chrism Mass

Benedict XVI celebrates the chrism Mass this morning (CNS)

Benedict XVI criticises Austrian priests’ campaign to relax Church discipline

Vatican report hails progress in reform of Irish Church

Cardinal Seán Brady at a press conference about the report yesterday (PA photo)

Investigators say the Church has done an ‘excellent’ job in implementing stricter child protection guidelines