The Cutting Edge Consortium, which brings together people of all faiths and none to support the Equality Bill currently going through the British Parliament, has criticised the Pope's recent comments on the issue of discrimination.
Pope Benedict XVI has met with and forgiven the mentally disturbed woman who knocked him over at Mass on Christmas Eve. But the Vatican is apparently still intending to pursue its legal action against her.
In the midst of worldwide publicity about the physical assault on him, Pope Benedict XVI focused his Christmas message on human hope, social justice and divine love arising from the narrative of Jesus' birth.
Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury have said relationships between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion will not be obstructed by a recent Vatican offer to allow disaffected Anglicans to convert.
Catholic agencies are reporting that Pope Benedict XVI will visit Britain in 2010, after months of speculation on the nature and timing of such a visit. PM Gordon Brown extended a formal invitation to the Pope during a private audience in February.
On a five-day visit to Rome, a Russian Orthodox official in charge of interchurch relations has had a meeting with the Pope - a sign of improved relations between the two churches under Benedict XVI and the new Russian Patriarch.