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Pope says Christmas mass amid security concerns

Pope Benedict prayed for peace on Friday as he led the world's Roman Catholics into Christmas at a mass marked by heightened security.

Pope apologises for abuse as thousands march in protest

Pope Benedict apologised to victims of sexual abuse on Saturday, saying paedophile priests had committed unspeakable crimes.

Rare pope trip to Britain will pose challenges

Pope Benedict this week makes a trip to Britain and his welcome in one of Europe's most secular nations will range from polite to indifferent.

Pope begs forgiveness for sexual abuse scandal

Pope Benedict begged forgiveness from God and victims of child sexual abuse by priests on Friday.

Preacher compares attacks on pope to Jewish suffering

Attacks on the Catholic Church over a sexual abuse scandal are comparable to "collective violence" against Jews, the pontiff's personal preacher said.

Pope signals he won’t be intimidated by abuse critics

As the scandal has convulsed the Church in the United States and Europe, the Vatican has gone on the offensive, attacking the media.

Pope’s shame and remorse over Irish child sex abuse

Pope Benedict apologised on Saturday to victims of child sex abuse by clergy in Ireland and ordered an inquiry there to try to stem a scandal.

Woman knocks down pope at Christmas Mass

A woman the Vatican described as unstable jumped over a barricade, lunged at Pope Benedict and dragged him to the floor at the start of his Mass.

Berlusconi says communist judges out to destroy him

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has attacked the country's judicial system as overrun by ''communists'' out to destroy him.

Berlusconi says only he can lead Italy

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Friday dismissed suggestions that he should step down for the good of Italy's image.

Berlusconi govt under fire over fraud amnesty plan

Italy's opposition attacked Silvio Berlusconi's government on Wednesday over an amnesty that would wipe the slate clean on offences.

Tapes put Berlusconi private life back in spotlight

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's private life was back in the spotlight on Monday.

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