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Close friend seeks to allay fears over Benedict XVI’s health

Benedict XVI (PA)

‘His eyes are bright and joyous,’ says Salvatorian Father Stephan Otto

Pope Francis condemns anti-Semitism

Pope Francis: A Christian caanot be anti-Semite (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Francis pays tribute to ‘greater understanding’ of post-Vatican II era

Pray that we don’t become an ‘ideological church’, says Pope

Pope Francis has hailed the example of St John the Baptist (AP)

Pope urges Church to imitate courageous witness of St John the Baptist

Spokesman says parts of Lourdes will be closed for months

Bishop Nicolas Brouwet of Tarbes and Lourdes talks to Francois Hollande during an emergency trip to Lourdes (Photo: CNS)

Grotto likely to be reopened in a few days but some churches and prayer rooms to remain closed

Brazilian bishops back peaceful protests as countdown to World Youth Day in Rio begins

A protester in Brazil holds a poster reading: 'We are many, we don't forget, we don't forgive, we wait' (AP)

Bishops’ conference expresses its ‘solidarity and support’ for protesters