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Cardinal O'Brien (Photo: PA)

Scotland’s cardinal tells the BBC that clerical celibacy could, in principle, be re-considered

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Zollitsch says Germany ‘in some sense shared the honour’ of Benedict XVI being elected

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday Photo: Press Association

Benedict XVI says Catholics must endure spiritual battle during his Sunday address

Vatican Bank  Photo: Associated Press

A shipyard chairman has been appointed as the new president of the Vatican Bank

Pope Benedict blesses the Roman clergy at the end of his address (AP)

Benedict XVI says media distortion of the Second Vatican Council caused ‘so much misery’

Pope Benedict XVI during the meeting with cardinals in which he made his announcement (Photo: CNS)

Religious leaders express their surprise – including even the Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi

The Pope makes his announcement at a meeting of Vatican cardinals (Photo: PA)

Pope will step down for health reasons on February 28

Cardinal Roger Mahony (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

Cardinal Mahony is disciplined after files show failure to address abuse allegations

MPs will debate the Bill at its second reading next Tuesday (Photo: PA)

Here we publish the bishops’ conference briefing in full

London's Docklands financial district (Photo: PA)

English bishops back call by lobby group for ‘unjust debts’ to be cancelled