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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pontiff urges Brazilian bishops to guide the faithful to oppose abortion

Pope: we can never give up on peace

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

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