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Vatican releases John Paul II beatification schedule

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 Longley to lead new round of Anglican-Catholic talks

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

Prayer is essential for grasping life’s meaning, says Pope

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead the general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

People do not know who they are unless they pray regularly, Pope Benedict XVI says at his general audience

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