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Pope: Joan of Arc is a model for politicians

Women cheer at Pope Benedict XVI's weekly general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI says the French national heroine offers ‘a beautiful example of holiness’ for people in public life

Couples do not have a right to a Catholic wedding, says Pope

Pope Benedict XVI pictured during a meeting with members of the Roman Rota (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict says that too often couples see marriage preparation as a bureaucratic obstacle

Top Muslim scholars announce boycott of dialogue with Vatican

Vatican officials and Muslim scholars at a three-day forum in Rome (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO)

Boycott by scholars in Egypt comes after Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks about anti-Christian violence

Ecumenism has drawn Christians closer, says Pope

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves his weekly general audience (Photo: CNS)

Ecumenical movement has led to ‘a sense of brotherhood’ among Christians, Benedict XVI says at general audience

Vatican did not tell Irish bishops to cover up abuse, says spokesman

Fr Lombardi: the Vatican does not have a 'universal position on mandatory reporting' because laws are so different from country to country (Photo: CNS)

Fr Lombardi responds to furore over 1997 Vatican letter expressing concerns over ‘mandatory reporting’ of abuse cases

Pope urges Pakistan to scrap blasphemy law

Pope Benedict XVI pictured during an audience with ambassadors today (AP Photo/Alessia Pierdomenico, Pool)

In state of the world address Pope Benedict says threats to religious freedom abound, even in the west

Despite earlier misgivings, Pope invites religious leaders to Assisi

Event will mark 25th anniversary of historic meeting led by John Paul II

Pakistan’s president ‘wants to abolish blasphemy law’, says cardinal

Protesters demand the release of Asia Bibi and an end to Pakistan's blasphemy law (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran made the comment after meeting President Zardari in Pakistan

Cardinal says Christians face discrimination in many forms

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone celebrates a mass to mark the 50th anniversary of his ministry . (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Cardinal Bertone exhorts international community to fight anti-Christian discrimination with same energy as it combats all religious intolerance

Vatican says illicit ordination of Chinese bishop a ‘painful wound’

Worshippers take pictures in front of the Pingquan Church after a bishop ordination ceremony in Chengde city, northeastern Hebei province, China Saturday   AP Photo/Andy Wong

The Vatican denounced the ordination of a bishop in China conducted as the result of Government pressure