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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger prepares for communion at the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican before the papal conclave (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/ File)
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Pope Benedict’s election caught American diplomats by surprise, Wikileaks documents from Rome have revealed

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair defended religious faith as a force for good in the world during a televised debate with atheist and columnist Christopher Hitchens. Andrew Winning/PA Wire

The former British prime minister argued that religion was a force for good against atheist and journalist Christopher Hitchens in a televised debate in Canada

The Pope arrives at the vigil in St Peter's Basilica (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Catholics around the world pray for end to abortion

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin delivers his homily during Ash Wednesday Mass at University College Dublin (PA Wire)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin called for the Christian community to be a model of solidarity in order to face the challenges presented by the bleak economic situation

Police and investigators look at what remains of the flight deck of Pan Am 103 on a field in Lockerbie, Scotland. (AP Photo/File)

The priest who served in Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway has urged Americans who lost family members in the 1988 attack to call for a new investigation

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols watches as Pope Benedict XVI leads a prayer vigil at Hyde Park (Fiona Hanson/PA Wire)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols said Pope Benedict’s September visit brought a sense of the spiritual dimension back to Britain

Pakistani Christians celebrate Easter holiday following a mass at a church in a Christian neighborhood of Islamabad (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

A Pakistani Christian man sentenced to 25 years in jail for blasphemy was freed this week

Worshippers take pictures in front of the Pingquan Church after a bishop ordination ceremony in Chengde city, northeastern Hebei province, China Saturday   AP Photo/Andy Wong

The Vatican denounced the ordination of a bishop in China conducted as the result of Government pressure

Pope Benedict XVI is given a copy of Light of the World by its author Peter Seewald  (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

In interview with Peter Seewald the Pope strongly affirms 1968 encyclical that ruled against use of contraception

Brothers to seek a miracle for founder

Brothers to seek a miracle for founder

The Christian Brothers hope to find a second miracle for the canonisation of Blessed Edmund Rice