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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

Students and teachers gather in central London to protest against university funding cuts (Steve Parsons/PA)

Bishops concerned by ‘utilitarian approach’ to university funding

Pope Benedict XVI greets David Cameron at the end of his visit to Britain (Photo: PA)

Bishops’ message echoes Cameron’s call for a big society

Pope Benedict XVI greets crowds outside Westminster Cathedral (Photo: PA)

Bishops of England and Wales say the papal visit gave them confidence and strengthened their identity as Catholics