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Pope Benedict XVI urged the Pakistani authorities to release a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy at his general audience today.

The Pope dedicated the general audience to St Juliana of Liège (video).

Terrorists in Iraq have adopted a new strategy of targeting Christians in their own homes, Syrian Catholic Archbishop George Basile Casmoussa of Mosul has said.

This Christmas papal Masses will be broadcast in high definition for the first time (video).

Edward Peters, Marian Ronan, George Neumayr, Paul Vitello and Rocco Palmo react to the surprise appointment of Archbishop Timothy Dolan as the new president of the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

Sandro Magister picks the highlights from Cardinal Giacomo Biffi’s outspoken memoirs.

Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke discusses the origins of his priestly vocation on Vatican Radio.

And George Weigel lists lessons the US military can teach the Catholic Church.