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Pope Benedict XVI visits Rome’s main synagogue in January 2010. In his new book he seeks to deepen Catholic-Jewish dialogue (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

In his forthcoming book on Jesus, Benedict XVI says mob does not represent Jews, but sinful humanity

Shahbaz Bhatti pictured at the US bishops' conference headquarters in Washington (Photo: CNS)

Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minorities, had received death threats from extremists but refused to stop speaking out

President Barack Obama  Olivier Douliery/ABACAUSA.com

Bishops have called Obama’s decision not to support Defense of Marriage Act an abdication of the Government’s constitutional obligation to uphold the law

The Catholic cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand's second city (Photo: PA)

Pope urges prayers for victims of earthquake

Benedict XVI ‘asks God to relieve suffering’ in New Zealand after a massive earthquake kills at least 75 people, with 300 still missing

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark: 'No authority has the power to modify the fundamental nature of marriage' (Photo: Mazur)

Archbishop Smith says Church will oppose Government ‘in the strongest terms’ if it tries to make gay marriage legal

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, ordains a priest in Econe, Switzerland (Photo: CNS/Denis Balibouse, Reuters)

Bishop Fellay points to problems created by John Paul II beatification and interreligious gathering in Assisi

Bishops from Latin America attend a papal Mass in Sao Paolo. Half of the world's Catholics live in the Americas (Photo: CNS)

Number of Catholics, priests, bishops and deacons all increased in 2009, but number of female religious declined

Catholics protest against the Karnataka state government in Bangalore in 2008 (Photo: CNS/Anto Akkara)

Archbishop of Bangalore says Christian victims have been turned into the perpetrators, while attackers have been absolved

The body of Pope John Paul II lies in state in St Peter's Basilica as mourners pass by on April 4, 2005 (Photo: CNS/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

The Vatican issues a three-day timetable of events and emphasises that beatification Mass is free and not ticketed

Bishop Edward Slattery celebrates a solemn high Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Washington (Photo: CNS)

Petition appeals to Benedict XVI not to approve a document that reportedly restricts celebrations of the traditional Mass