Pope Benedict XVI

  • April 8, 2007

    The strongly-worded condemnation of oppression and injustice issued by Zimbabwe’s Catholic bishops has been highlighted by the Pope in his traditional Easter message at St Peter’s Basilica.

  • March 16, 2007

    The Vatican has issued a censure against Jon Sobrino, a founding figure of liberation theology – the movement which argues that the church should be on the side of the poor and downtrodden

  • February 19, 2007

    Loving enemies is central to the way of Jesus, and Christian non-violence is not a tactical choice, it is a "a personal way of being" based on God's alternative strength ‚Ä' that was the message of Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Rome on Sunday 18 February 2007.

  • February 12, 2007

    Both the Vatican and the UK government have declared themselves pleased with the private audience that UK Chancellor Gordon Brown enjoyed with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome last week.

  • January 23, 2007

    After an extended period of disagreement and diplomatic conflict, the Pope has extended an olive branch to the Catholics in China, and indirectly to the governing authorities, via a meeting and pastoral letter to follow.

  • January 9, 2007

    The annual World Peace Day message is due to be celebrated by a record number of Catholic parishes in England and Wales this Sunday, 14 January 2007, reports Pax Christi, the international Catholic movement for peace.

  • January 1, 2007

    Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, has highlighted the links between human rights and human reconciliation in his 2007 New Year message, delivered at St Peter's Rome.

  • December 19, 2006

    As violence continues to make life intolerable for many people in Iraq, Pope Benedict XVI, head of th world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, has made an appeal to the international community for direct assistance to those forced to leave their homes as a result of the "dramatic situation" in the country.

  • December 6, 2006

    Pope Benedict XVI says he is looking to increased cooperation between Christians, and a stepped-up dialogue with Muslims, following his four-day visit to Turkey - writes Luigi Sandri for Ecumenical News International.

  • December 2, 2006

    Pope Benedict XVI has prayed with the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomeos I, who is often referred to as the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, making a step to healing a 1000 year rift, which the pontiff said obstructs the proclamation of the Gospel - writes Luigi Sandri for Ecumenical News International.