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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

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’

Andrew Mitchell, Secretary for International Development, wants overseas aid to have an 'unprecedented focus on family planning' (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

Bishops criticise Government proposals to ‘hard-wire’ abortion and contraceptive services into overseas development programmes

Supporters of the cross erected in front of the presidential palace sing as they march with torches through Warsaw (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

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