Polish president Andrzej Duda accuses Germany of meddling in the country's presidential election after the tabloid "Fakt", owned by German publisher Axel Springer, reported yesterday that he pardoned a man convicted of pedophilia.
Survivors of child sexual abuse carried out by priests react with fury after Pope Benedict XVI's claims that pedophilia wasn't considered an "absolute evil" as recently as the 1970s and that society considers child pornography "normal".
Pope Benedict XVI signs his letter to Irish Catholics, sent as his first official documented response to the issue of child sex abuse and due to be published by the Vatican on Saturday and read at Sunday Mass.
Pope Benedict XVI is "distraught" by news alleged of child sexual abuse in Catholic dioceses in Germany, according to Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, as the church also faces paedophilia scandals in Ireland, Austria, and the Netherlands, while Pope Benedict defends clerical celibacy, calling it a symbol of "full devotion" and of "giving oneself to God and to others."
Roman Catholic child sexual abuse investigation: The Dutch Catholic Church apologises and the country's religious leaders request an independent inquiry. A monastery head in Salzburg admits abuse of a boy more than four decades ago. The brother of Pope Benedict XVI admits physically disciplining students at a school in Germany before corporal punishment was banned in 1980.