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Pope Benedict has denounced clashes between African immigrants and the local population in southern Italy, as well as the murder of Copts in Egypt.

He has also visited the French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, who was hospitalised after breaking a hip during the Pope’s Midnight Mass security scare, and praised the Pontifical North American College.

The Holy Year of St James has begun in style at Santiago de Compostela.

Malaysia’s Christians are defying recent attacks.

The man who nearly killed John Paul II is reportedly considering book and film offers.

This is what the Pope said during his recent visit to a Rome soup kitchen.

Cindy Wooden previews Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue next Sunday.

John Allen wonders how the Vatican will react to signs of secularisation in Latin America.

A leading charity says a new British Government Bill will make it illegal for the Catholic Church to deny ordination to women.

Fr Tim Finigan explains what it’s like to celebrate Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.

Mulier Fortis ponders what’s behind the “Stand Up for Vatican II” campaign.

Broadcaster Simon Mayo claims the BBC is “driving religion to the margin”.

Mgr Graham Leonard’s funeral will take place at the Oxford Oratory on January 21.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has defended a controversial sculpture of the disgraced former Archbishop Rembert Weakland.

Thinking Faith, the online journal of the British Jesuits, reviews two major new books about Christian-Muslim relations.

A new documentary about the Catholic novelist Walker Percy will air in America this year.

New Atheists are upset by the “God mode” in Windows 7.

And Mel Gibson urges politicians to read the work of Hilaire Belloc.

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