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Cross Wires: Wednesday update

Pope calls China to task over state ordination; hundreds of Wikileaks related to Vatican; Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and former Archbishop of Canterbury speak out on discrimination against and sidelining of Christians; Church of Scotland official was bombarded with hate mail after he backed calls for a top referee to quit over a sectarian e-mail

During his general audience today, the Holy Father calls for religious freedom in China after rift over state ordination. He was heard by Chinese visitors to the Vatican (above).

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As the uproar increases over Wikileaks publishing hundreds of thousands of confidential US State Department cables online, the latest reports show that 852 of the communications involve the Vatican.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone says Christians face discrimination in many forms.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has warned that there are attempts to ‘stealthily and subtly’ brush aside the Christian Faith in the UK.

A senior Church of Scotland official was bombarded with hate mail after he backed calls for a top referee to quit over a sectarian joke e-mail about the Pope, it emerged last night.

A Calgary parish has made history by becoming the first Anglican church in Canada to accept Pope Benedict’s invitation to convert wholesale to the Catholic faith.

Marking St Andrew’s feast day, Pope Benedict XVI urges greater unity with Orthodox

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