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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter's Basilica in 2012 (AP)

Pope Benedict XVI has contributed to a book marking the Ecumenical Patriarch’s 25th anniversary

Men ordained to the priesthood in Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur/

Such actions mean a bishop must intervene before a person can be ordained, according to a new document

A scene from the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness' (CNS)

L’Osservatore Romano honoured the show on its 50th anniversary

Coptic Pope Tawadros II, with Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in January (AP)

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Pope Francis hears a confession in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

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A special edition of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly paper,  released last week

L’Osservatore Romano is right to protest when Charlie Hebdo blames God for the carnage of last year

A man takes a copy of the latest edition of French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo (Photo: CNS)

‘Every suspicious glance at religions injures believers,’ say the country’s bishops

A Katyń memorial: a priest was sent to the area to give the dead a Christian burial (AP)

A priest views the Second World War as ‘a holy war fought for multiple and mixed motives’

Lord Patten foresees ‘opposition and resistance’ to his blueprint for reform (Mazur/

Fresh from a tough stint at the BBC, Lord Patten was asked to help overhaul another media operation crying out for change – the Vatican’s. He seems haunted by the possibility of failure

Votes are cast in Friday's referendum (PA)

L’Osservatore Romano responds to Ireland’s vote in favour of legalising same-sex marriage