Thursday headlines: New president for Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; Pope says Church always needs ‘female genius’; Altar images for beatification Mass released

The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity is not an entity independent from the Pope, its new president confirmed on Wednesday. Archbishop Kurt Koch spoke with L’Osservatore Romano newspaper about some of the highlights from his meetings with the Pope this past week.

Vatican: Pope: the Church is always in need of ‘feminine genius.’ In his general audience, Pope Benedict XVI begins to describe the female figures who played a ‘valuable role’ in the Church, speaking of Hildegard of Bingen, the medieval mystic, writer, counsellor of bishops and princes.

Three images of the altar for the beatification of Cardinal Newman in Cofton Park have been released.

ITV1 to air Tonight special on Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain. Julie Etchingham to front show but, unlike BBC, broadcaster will not alter schedule to air live coverage of the Papal trip <

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has distanced himself from an aide who said gay rights and the commercialisation of sex had turned Britain into a ‘selfish, hedonistic wasteland’ and ‘the geopolitical epicentre of the culture of death’. The comments were made by Edmund Adamus, director of pastoral affairs at the diocese of Westminster and an adviser to the Archbishops Nichols.

Tony Blair ‘distorted’ the truth to prevent the collapse of the Northern Ireland peace process, he admits in his memoir, A Journey.

A collection of historic manuscripts which document the establishment of the Protestant church in Scotland have gone on display in Edinburgh.

Shimon Peres will reportedly travel to Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the latter’s summer residence.


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