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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

Close papal aide dies in road accident

A member of the papal household has died in a car accident

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  

The late Cardinal Hume withdrew his support for parish-based conversions in the early 1990s because of the opposition of some bishops (Photo: PA)

In the words of Cardinal Ratzinger then, ‘what are the English bishops afraid of?’

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

Does the papacy need a ruthless manager? (Photo: CNS)

Or should the priority instead be on holiness and authoritative teaching?

Pope Benedict XVI speaks to journalists on the papal plane (Photo: CNS)

It’s time for reform. No pontificate can reach its full potential with an incompetent Vatican bureaucracy