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Benedict XVI also recalls ‘unforgettable’ trip to Britain

Spokesman says ‘apologies are not enough’ after commission receives nearly 2,000 claims of clerical sexual abuse since 1945

Pope Benedict says his schedule of meetings and trips 'really overtaxes an 83-year-old man' (Photo: CNS)

In a wide-ranging and candid interview the Pope describes crisis as ‘a tremendous cloud of filth which darkens everything’

Diocese of Middlesbrough must appeal directly to the Supreme Court or else settle what is thought to be the biggest abuse claim in English history

Interviewer Peter Seewald asks Benedict XVI if he considered resigning

Cardinal Seán Brady of Armagh greets well-wishers (Photo: CNS)

Study finds that 74 per cent of Catholic women in Ireland feel that the Church does not treat them with ‘a lot of respect’

Some respected campaigners even regarded it as a civil right

A pilgrim prays at the tomb of Blessed Mary MacKillop in Sydney (Photo: CNS)

Sisters of St Joseph, the order co-founded by Blessed Mary MacKillop, respond to claims made in controversial documentary

The claim, by Bavarian author Peter Seewald, is based on a series of interviews with the Pontiff earlier this year

High-level officials meet in Rome to prepare Apostolic Visitation