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Pope reflects on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at general audience

In his address to diplomats Benedict XVI laments violent attacks on Christians as well as efforts to push religion out of the public sphere

Pope says Jesus is ‘the hand God extends to humanity’

Benedict XVI also talks about death and eternal life at weekly general audience

Benedict XVI tells 300 religious leaders that believers must ‘purify their faith’ to help peace

Benedict XVI says he hopes the meeting will promote dialogue in a world ‘still torn by hatred’

Papal pilgrimage will unite Muslims, Chinese Buddhists, Japanese Shintoists, Native Americans, Zoroastrians and atheist philosophers

The Year will begin on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council

Benedict XVI urges Egypt to work towards ‘respect for the freedom and dignity of every citizen’

Benedict XVI says that children in east Africa are dying every day because of the famine