Pope Benedict XVI

  • October 12, 2007

    Catholic and Orthodox Christians are moving towards unity, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics declared at the end of his recent general audience in St Peter's Square, Rome. The Pope announced an international commission on the issue.

  • September 25, 2007

    At his appearance to say prayers at the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo, Pope Benedict has spoken of the 'blind selfishness' that can result from an over-preoccupation with money. He says capitalism is not the only valid economic system.

  • September 20, 2007

    In a carefully-worded statement clear in its intent, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics has urged the President of Sudan towards positive action in resolving the Darfur crisis, which has killed many thousands and displaced millions.

  • July 25, 2007

    Evangelicals have enjoyed a major influence on the Bush administration, but John Dear points out that this does not mean they have a basic commitment to Jesus' way of peace.

  • July 16, 2007

    A new document authorised by Pope Benedict XVI restating Roman Catholic views that Protestant denominations are not churches "in the proper sense" has been criticised as setting back the quest for Christian unity.

  • May 21, 2007

    A wealthy Brazilian rancher has been convicted of ordering the killing high-profile supporter of landless people Sr Dorothy Stang in 2005. But the Pope's silence has disappointed her family and social justice activists.

  • May 16, 2007
  • May 15, 2007

    The Pope has attacked Marxism as well as unfettered capitalism on his visit to Brazil. But the ghost of Marx has positive as well as negative connotations for Christians and social justice campaigners concerned with inequity.

  • April 15, 2007

    The first book from Benedict XVI since he became Pope is a study of the impact of Jesus on our approach to God and to living today. It also contains a stinging attack on global inequality and injustice.

  • April 9, 2007

    Denouncing the slaughter in Iraq and violence and injustice across the world, Pope Benedict used his Easter 2007 message to call on Christians to take up the vocation of peacemaking.