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Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, announced last year that a document was being prepared (Photo: CNS)

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has sent a letter to bishops’ conferences around the world giving guidelines for dealing with clerical abuse cases

An open Bible is seen inside Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston (CNS photo from Reuters)

Benedict XVI makes comment in message to Pontifical Biblical Commission

The Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Isla nd Catholic)

Benedict XVI sends official to meet Roma at Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls

Benedict XVI waves as he leaves his general audience in St Peter's Square today, April 20 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Jesus warned believers against the soul’s ‘insensitivity’ towards evil, Pope Benedict XVI says at general audience

John Paul II pictured with other religious leaders at Assisi in 1986 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

The Pope and other religious leaders will make speeches and sign a commitment to peace when they meet at Assisi in October

A crucifix hangs in a school classroom in Rome (CNS photo/Reuters)

Cardinal Ravasi says crucifixes highlight Christianity’s key contribution to European culture

At his general audience Benedict XVI says that fasting and almsgiving ‘prepare our hearts to take flight and seek the things of heaven’

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera elevates the Eucharist during a Mass at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Cardinal Burke says that many bishops and priests do not treat abuses seriously enough

The body of Pope John Paul II lies in state in St Peter's Basilica as mourners pass by on April 4, 2005 (Photo: CNS/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

The Vatican issues a three-day timetable of events and emphasises that beatification Mass is free and not ticketed

Archbishop Bernard Longley will chair a meeting of 18 bishops and scholars in May (Photo: Mazur)

Archbishop of Birmingham to chair third phase of ARCIC, which begins in May