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Or should he have listened to Fr Lombardi?

Trip to Benin confirmed by Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi

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

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

But Benedict XVI says condoms are not a ‘moral solution’ to Aids  

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

In a wide-ranging and candid interview the Pope describes crisis as ‘a tremendous cloud of filth which darkens everything’