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Vatican official warns of 'tragic' child abuse story

The sexual abuse of children by priests is only "the tip of an iceberg" of the wider scope of abuse perpetrated against the world's children, a Vatican official said.

Lay-dominated group raises profile on issues

The U.S. bishops' National Advisory Council is taking an increasingly public role in making recommendations about documents the bishops are considering and topics they might address in the future.

Papal trip to Turkey may test pontificate

Pope Benedict XVI travels to Turkey next week, a four-day visit aimed at building bridges with Islam, reaffirming dialogue with Orthodox Christians and encouraging a tiny Catholic minority in a Muslim country.

Papal Message

In remarks before the Angelus Nov. 12, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that the day in Italy was the Day of Thanksgiving, the theme of which is: "The earth, a gift for the entire human family."

Papal Message

On Nov. 1, the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Benedict XVI highlighted in his homily that

Pope buys first kids’ immunization bonds

Pope Benedict XVI was the official first buyer of a multigovernment bond supporting a campaign to immunize 500 million children in the world

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