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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’s interview with Peter Seewald marks an important moment in the Holy Father’s ministry

Pope Benedict XVI holds a copy of Light of the World with Peter Seewald, left, and Archbishop Rino Fisichella (Photo: PA)

But Benedict XVI says condoms are not a ‘moral solution’ to Aids  

Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the faithful during his weekly general audience (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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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’

Pope Benedict XVI's comments on Aids and condoms have lit up the headlines (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

In fact, the Pope has merely confirmed what is already well established

The German author talks about his hugely anticipated book, Light of the World

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson talks to Cardinal Francis George of Chicago during the US bishops' annual autumn meeting in Baltimore (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

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Interviewer Peter Seewald asks Benedict XVI if he considered resigning

Author’s questions to Pope are revealed

Pope Benedict has answered questions which range from whether he has ever considered resigining to should there be a Vatican III