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Pope talks to Cardinal Schönborn over his critical comments towards a fellow cardinal

Pope makes forthright remarks about state of the Church

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor tells Irish priests that he dwells on his ‘painful failure’ in abuse case

Pope Benedict XVI: Year for Priests helped the Church to grow in gratitude for the gift of the priesthood
• Comment: The past year has lifted the morale of the priesthood
• In pictures: Archbishop Nichols solemnly closes the Year of Priests

Canon Daniel Cronin says the sheer volume of prayers directed at clergy will make a difference