John Thavis

Head of Italy’s bishops’ conference criticises ‘wretched and empty’ behaviour of political class

Spokesman says Pope was ‘deeply shaken’ by encounter

Pope visits little-known German Marian shrine of Etzelbach

Benedict XVI talks of challenges of secularism and Christian fundamentalism in address to Lutherans

Benedict XVI says the ‘issue of truth’ has begun to be seen as an obstacle in decision-making

Benedict XVI delivers televised message for Germany ahead of his visit tomorrow

In an address to a UN conference Pope Benedict XVI calls for international efforts to promote the family farm

Pope reflects on demanding and ‘awe-inspiring’ ministry while celebrating Mass with 40 archbishops

Benedict XVI tells pilgrims on the feast of Corpus Christi that the Eucharist is an antidote to modern individualism