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Pope issues ‘most important document on Scripture since Vatican II’

A woman studies the Bible at St Mary of Celle parish in Berwyn, Illinois (Photo: CNS)

The Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini urges Catholics to become more familiar with the Bible

Abortion is a betrayal of democracy, says Pope

Presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff speaks in the chapel of Belo Horizonte's Central Market (Agencia Estado via AP Images)

Pontiff urges Brazilian bishops to guide the faithful to oppose abortion

Pope: we can never give up on peace

Pope Benedict XVI blesses a child as he leaves the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East (Photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Benedict XVI closes Middle East Synod by urging bishops never to resign themselves ‘to the absence of peace’

Muslim scholars address Synod of Bishops

Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Muhammad al-Sammak, adviser to the chief mufti of Lebanon (Photo: CNS)

Islam promotes respect for Christians and Jews, Muslim scholars tell Synod

Synod opens with call for religious freedom for all in Middle East

Church leaders follow prayer books at the opening session of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East (Photo: CNS)

Opening Synod statement said some countries in the Middle East limit freedom of religion and violate freedom of conscience

Newman embodies English Catholicism, says Vatican spokesman

Newman's office at the Birmingham Oratory (Mazur/CCN)

Victorian cardinal represents a ‘profound synthesis’ of Catholic faith and British spirit, says Fr Lombardi

Archbishop: Pope will focus on common Christian mission in Britain

Archbishop Kurt Koch (CNS photo)

Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pray together

Vatican spokesman says papal trip will be challenging

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi (CNS photo)

Vatican ‘not worried’ by possible protests

Vatican official suggests lowering age of first Holy Communion

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera celebrates Mass (CNS)

Cardinal Cañizares says there is a case for Communion before the age of seven

Pontiff makes key appointments to Curia

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec has been given one of the most important posts in the Catholic Church                                                       (Photo: CNS)

Canadian cardinal and Swiss bishop named as leaders of important curial departments