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According to the US columnist John Allen, Pope Benedict XVI will soon have named 21 of the 25 most senior officials in the Church (Photo: PA)

The bishops’ conferences could soon be beginning to look very different

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issues note entitled “On the trivialisation of sexuality”

Pope Benedict with Cardinal William Levada, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a meeting earlier this year (Photo: CNS)

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issues clarification about Benedict XVI’s remarks in Light of the World

Pope Benedict XVI exchanges Christmas greetings with members of the Curia in the Regia Hall yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

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Pope Benedict XVI exchanges Christmas greetings with cardinals and prelates in the Vatican's Regia Hall (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

Pope Benedict also talks about Newman, explaining that his much-quoted phrase ‘toast to conscience’ is often misused

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the Roman Curia in the Regia Hill at the Vatican (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

Pope Benedict XVI spoke at length about his trip to Britain during his annual address to the Roman Curia

Pope Benedict XVI, framed by Christmas decorations, delivers his Angelus address from his studio window overlooking St Peter's Square yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Circus trapezists perform for Pope

Trapezists perform for Pope Benedict XVI at his weekly general audience

Pope Benedict is invited to visit Andorra

The co-prince of the tiny European country has audience with Pontiff

Chinese Catholics at a vigil at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing (Photo: CNS)

Bishops loyal to the Pope forced to take part in state-run assembly while others go into hiding to avoid arrest