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Peace plea for Lebanon

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI appealed for an end to conflict in Lebanon and Gaza, then helped children launch two doves to symbolise the search for peace around the world...

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Heaven: Is it divine or dull?

What is heaven really like? An Italian Bible scholar believes the Church is underselling heaven and needs to do more to portray it as a place to aspire to after death. Vatican correspondent JOHN THAVIS reports.

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Appeal to Turkey for legal recognition

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Government of Turkey to grant full legal recognition to the Catholic Church and to establish a formal dialogue with the nation's Catholic bishops to work out concrete problems...

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Truth of abuse had to be confronted

BOSTON (CNS): In a column marking the fifth anniversary of the crisis over clergy sexual abuse of children, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said the scandal was a "dark and unremitting truth" that had to be confronted.

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US action has moral responsibility to Iraq

WASHINGTON (CNS): Every US action or policy in Iraq "ought to be evaluated in light of our nation's moral responsibility to help Iraqis to live with security and dignity in the aftermath of US military action", said the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops...

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New Polish archbishop quits over spying charges

OXFORD, England (CNS): Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus of Warsaw resigned just two days after formally taking office, after admitting that he had acted as an informer for Poland's former Communist secret police and that his co-operation harmed the Church...

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