Despite receiving death threats, Pakistan’s minister for minorities, a Christian, said he will not give up his battle to guarantee religious freedom for all the country’s people.
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A newly disclosed letter reveals that in 1988, the future Pope Benedict pressed for swifter and more streamlined procedures to punish priests guilty of "grave and scandalous conduct."
WikiLeaks' release of classified U.S. documents is unlikely to ever develop into a flood capable of eroding decades of U.S. diplomatic efforts, some Vatican officials and watchers said.
New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond urged delegates attending an ecumenical conference to embrace a longing toward unity.
The Vatican did not endorse an 11-page statement in favour of easing restrictions on and allowing more widespread use of genetically modified crops, especially in poorer nations, said a Vatican official.
With the pope's agreement and funding, the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation has been established to promote theological studies on his writings and to reward promising scholars.
Three historic relics of crucifixion preserved at a 10th-century church under the Syro-Malabar Irinjalakuda Diocese in India's Kerala state were discovered missing Nov. 30.
Pope Benedict would welcome having an electric popemobile as a further sign of his commitment to protecting natural resources and safeguarding the earth, said a top Vatican official.
Citing the Catholic Church's concern for the sanctity of human life, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called on U.S. senators to ratify the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
Pope Benedict blessed a statue of Our Lady of Loreto, which will be placed in Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport to mark the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of Our Lady of Loreto as patron saint of aviation.
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Pope Benedict said the Catholic press has an irreplaceable role in forming Christian consciences and reflecting the Church's viewpoint on contemporary issues.
Catholics should learn "spiritual maternity" from the example of St. Catherine of Siena, Pope Benedict said during his weekly general audience Nov. 24.
Pope Benedict said nuclear weapons remain a threat to humanity, and he urged steps to curb their proliferation.
The battle against AIDS in Africa is far from over, but a current funding shortfall threatens all of the progress there so far, said the African Jesuit AIDS Network.
Episodes of violence in Egypt that left Christian houses and businesses burned and ransacked have raised concerns among Egypt's Christian community, said a Christian worker.
A cholera epidemic and poor infrastructure and organization on the ground in Haiti have created an "alarming" situation in the small Caribbean nation, said a group of bishops meeting at the Vatican.
While cremation is not prohibited unless it is chosen for reasons "contrary to Christian teaching," the Catholic Church prefers that the body of a deceased person be buried in accord with Church custom, according to statements issued by two U.S. archdioceses.
Musicians at the Vatican Nov. 24.