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By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, in his first Christmas address, on Sunday urged humanity to unite against terrorism, poverty and environmental blight and called for a "new world order" to correct economic imbalances.
ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict urged Roman Catholics on Sunday not to commercialize Christmas, saying joy -- not expensive objects -- was the real gift of the season.
By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict's top diplomat said on Tuesday the Holy See was always ready to end relations with Taiwan and return its embassy to Beijing but that China must respect religious freedom and treat the Vatican fairly.
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict on Thursday invited four bishops from China to take part in a synod next month, in what could herald a new phase in the strained relations between the Vatican and Beijing.
By Philip Pullella and Alexandra Hudson COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, wrapping up a triumphant return to his German homeland, on Sunday urged young people to shun a "do-it-yourself" concept of religion where they can choose what they want and disregard the rest.
ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict left for Germany on Thursday on the first international trip of his pontificate, saying he was "very moved" to be flying back to his homeland.
By Alexandra Hudson COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Pope Benedict faces a tall order as he embarks on the first foreign trip of his papacy on Thursday. He must charm excitable teenagers, bring restive Catholics back to the fold and boost relations with other faiths.
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By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - The Vatican is reported to have given its blessing to atheist China's choice of a new bishop, the second such appointment in as many months in a sign of a thaw in decades-old icy relations.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which does not recognize theVatican, has arrested an underground Roman Catholic bishop, aU.S.-based religious rights group said, quashing hopes of anysudden rapprochement between Beijing and the Holy See.