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Vatileaks: Hunt is on to find Vatican moles

Death threats, gay smear campaigns, tax scandals... the Holy See's unholy war is hitting the headlines – now the hunt is on to find the moles

Pope's butler: 'more arrests may follow'

The Pope's butler has been formally charged with stealing confidential documents, and further arrests may follow, the Vatican has hinted.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'If James Murdoch asked the Pope to pray for his career, it appears not to have worked'

Who knew that, during the Holy Father's 2010 visit to Britain, James Murdoch made a £100,000 donation towards funding the trip, and wasgranted a private audience with the Pope. See this as either a weirdcoincidence or even a Papal miracle, but please do not regard it as anything so vulgar as buying access. That is not, has never been, and never will be the Murdoch family's way.

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Raul Castro greets Pop Benedict XVI in Cuba

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba in the footsteps of his more famous predecessor, gently pressing the island's long-time communist leaders to push through "legitimate" reforms their people desire.

The Pope with Tony Blair in Rome in 2007

Blair takes on the Pope by backing gay marriage

The ex-PM, a Catholic convert who introduced same-sex civil unions, intervenes over issue that has split the church

Pope creates 22 new cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI is bringing 22 new Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals who will elect his successor.

Since 1952 the Queen has given royal assent to more than 3,500 Acts of Parliament.

60 facts about the Queen you didn't know

As she celebrates six decades as head of state, i uncovers some curious facts about Her Majesty.

Facelift for John Paul II statue with an unholy likeness to Mussolini

A statue of the late Pope John Paul II, which some critics have claimed resembles the Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, is – in true Italian style – about to receive some early cosmetic surgery.

A million pilgrims see beatification of John Paul II

World leaders watch as Pope Benedict XVI brings his Polish predecessor a step closer to sainthood. Peter Popham reports from Rome

Pope John Paul II: Raised amid tragedy, Polish priest inspired a revolution

The precociously brilliant son of an officer in the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Karol Wojtyla's early life was blighted by family tragedies, starting with the death of his mother when he was eight. Karol responded to the news with the words, "It was the will of God", but the loss stimulated his intense veneration for the Virgin Mary, one of the themes that came to dominate his papacy.

John Paul II officially beatified in St. Peter's Square

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.

The saint maker takes fast track to canonisation

Pope who turned blind eye to priestly abuse set to be beatified

Pope leads Easter Mass in packed Vatican square

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, packed with about 100,000 pilgrims and tourists and ablaze in the bright colors of spring flowers as the faithful marked the church's most joyous day of the year.

Saint-in-waiting: the miraculous afterlife of John Paul II

Devotees of the late Pope are driving the campaign for his 'fast-track' canonisation. Michael Day reports from Rome

A Day That Shook The World: Pope John Paul II dies

On 2 April 2005, the third-longest serving Pope in history died at the age of 84.

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