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Blessed John Paul II (October 22) played a decisive role at the Second Vatican Council

Archbishop Marini says he feels ‘desire to experience anew the spirit of the Second Vatican Council’

Of course clerical celibacy isn’t a dogma; and Archbishop Parolin thinks that the Church is collegial when the Pope listens first and then decides

Congregations are tired of being patronised by dull music, but we must not hark back to a supposed ‘golden age’

Bishop urges faithful not to accept negative media image of Muslims

General audience focuses on the Church as a living body

Pope tells faithful to resist “voices saying we should go back”

Cardinal Kasper, 80, says Pope has put problems of southern hemisphere at the top of the agenda

Benedict XVI says media distortion of the Second Vatican Council caused ‘so much misery’

The shedding of institutional structures and the diminishing number of priests could, in fact, be liberating