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

Or should he have listened to Fr Lombardi?

Trip to Benin confirmed by Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols watches as Pope Benedict XVI leads a prayer vigil at Hyde Park (Fiona Hanson/PA Wire)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols said Pope Benedict’s September visit brought a sense of the spiritual dimension back to Britain

Fr Joseph Fessio worked with the author Peter Seewald on the English translation of the book

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’