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Benedict XVI has paid tribute to murdered Pakistani politician Shahbaz Bhatti (Photo: PA)

In his address to diplomats Benedict XVI laments violent attacks on Christians as well as efforts to push religion out of the public sphere

St Genevieve’s leg was amputated in her own home without anaesthetic    CNS

St Genevieve Torres Morales (January 5) was told she could not join the Carmelites because of a handicap

Daily readings: January 8 – 14

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Epiphany of the Lord: Is 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12

Cuban ambassador to Holy See says trip will leave deep mark

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Benedict XVI names 22 new cardinals

Pope gives red hat to Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York

Vatican congregation says the Year will focus on Christ and ‘the beauty of having faith in him’

Print edition 06.01.12

Print edition 06.01.12

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The sick and frail are anointed by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick at the closing Mass for World Day of the Sick (CNS photo by Bob Roller)

In his message for the World Day of the Sick Benedict XVI says the sacrament deserves ‘greater consideration’

Fr John Murray was told he would never walk again (CNS photo/Clare Becker, Catholic Review)

American priest who was paralysed from the chest down defies doctors’ predictions after praying to a 19th-century Blessed