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Pius XII pictured at the Vatican in 1956 (CNS photo)

US and British diplomats feared that the Pope’s criticism of German and Russian war crimes could threaten a fragile alliance

Iraqi archbishops divided over whether the motive of kidnap and murder was primarily religious

Karen Terry, principal investigator for the John Jay College report, speaks during a press conference (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

But 1960s generation of priests lacked ‘careful preparation for a celibate life’, according to long-awaited John Jay report

Horsemen ride through St Peter’s Square on the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. In England the feast was celebrated on January 2 (CNS)

Ascension Thursday and Feast of the Epiphany may be moved back to their traditional dates

Pope’s ‘reform of the reform’ in liturgy to continue

Cardinal Kurt Koch of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity says the Pope has launched a new liturgical reform

The document was released by US Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the CDF (CNS photo)

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says every bishops’ conference must have guidelines for handling clerical sex abuse within a year

Bishop Edward Slattery celebrates a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Washington (CNS photo)

Seminaries should train priests in the Extraordinary Form ‘if pastoral needs suggest it’, the Vatican’s instruction says

Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, pictured with Pope Benedict XVI, signed the long-awaited Instruction (CNS photo)

Here we publish the full text of the Vatican’s long-awaited instruction, Universae Ecclesiae

The Pope’s removal of Bishop Morris follows more than a decade of conflict between the prelate and the Vatican

Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, announced last year that a document was being prepared (Photo: CNS)

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has sent a letter to bishops’ conferences around the world giving guidelines for dealing with clerical abuse cases