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Benedict XVI accepts a gift of an ivory crucifix from Benin's President Thomas Yayi Boni, who said it was obtained legally (Photo: CNS)

Fr Lombardi says Vatican Radio will engage in fight against poaching

Vietnam's ruling Communist Party held a congress in Hanoi last year in which Nguyen Phu Trong was elected leader (Photo: PA)

Meeting comes as restrictions on Catholics in some parts of Vietnam are being eased

Bishop Hlib Borys Sviatoslav Lonchyna (CNS)

Pope Benedict has raised the Ukranian Apostolic Exarchate to the new rank of Eparchy

French troops stand guard about 40 km outside Segou (Photo: PA)

Bishop Traore, whose diocese is on the frontline of the conflict, says people are too scared to enter churches

The Government recorded that 582 abortions were performed on unborn babies with Down's Syndrome in 2010 (Photo: PA)

Hundreds more children with Down’s Syndrome may be being aborted each year than figures show

Archbishop Smith has urged priests to do all they can to oppose the marriage Bill (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

In accompanying letter Archbishop Smith urges priests to ‘do all you can’ to oppose Bill

Lance Armstrong in 2010 (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Sports official in the Pontifical Council for Culture says commercial pressures reduce athletes to commodities

British Airways employee Nadia Eweida celebrates winning her case in London (Photo: PA)

Out of the four British Christians who claimed discrimination only Nadia Eweida, employee of British Airways, won her appeal

Mgr Keith Newton celebrated mass at the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory(Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Letter to Telegraph says legislation would erode ability of faithful to ‘participate fully’ in public life

The bishops, including Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, centre, celebrate Mass at Amman in Jordan (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Bishops from the US and Europe issue statement at the end of their visit to the Holy Land