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In 1970 Fr Joseph Ratzinger signed a petition that suggested the Church re-examine the obligation of priestly celibacy, according to a German newspapaer

A girl aged nine is confirmed in Central Islip, New York (Photo: CNS)

Should the Church revert to confirming children before they receive First Holy Communion? Or would that lead to a diminished understanding of the faith?

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy

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Conservative MP Nadine Dorries said the churches had been 'pathetic' in the fight to reform abortion law

That may be the reason Nadine Dorries felt so let down when she tried to reduce the upper time limit

Sheik Ahmad Mohamed el-Tayeb, president of al-Azhar University in Cairo, is flanked by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, at a conference in Washington DC (Photo: CNS)

If there are any ‘moderate Muslims’ around, let’s hear from them

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during yesterday's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Thank heaven the Pope seems to understand what it's all about

Me? I am still struggling – what on earth is Facebook?

Every year about 200,000 pro-lifers march along Constitution Avenue in Washington

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans gather in Washington DC on the anniversary of the Roe v Wade ruling. Imagine for a moment a similar event taking place in London

Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by Mgr Guido Marini, right, arrives at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls yesterday evening (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, where children will be confirmed before receiving first Holy Communion from 2012 (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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