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Opening Synod statement said some countries in the Middle East limit freedom of religion and violate freedom of conscience

At opening of Middle East Synod Pope Benedict warns of ‘false gods’ that beset the modern world, including terrorism and drug abuse

Sisters of St Joseph, the order co-founded by Blessed Mary MacKillop, respond to claims made in controversial documentary

Hundreds of Church representatives from the Middle East will participate in the synod of bishops

The poll coincides with a report on human happiness issued by Cafod, Tearfund and the thinktank Theos

The Special Assembly of Bishops for the Middle East begins today

French president discusses Middle East with Pontiff

St Paulinus of York (October 10) was sent to England by Pope Gregory in 1601

The claim, by Bavarian author Peter Seewald, is based on a series of interviews with the Pontiff earlier this year