Pope Benedict has restated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings.
Benedict, who for decades before his 2005 election was the Vatican's chief doctrinal enforcer, delivered an unusually direct denunciation of disobedient priests in a sermon at a morning Mass on Holy Thursday, when the Church commemorates the day Christ instituted the priesthood.
The pope responded specifically to a call to disobedience by a group of Austrian priests and laity, who last year boldly and openly challenged Church teaching on taboo topics such as priestly celibacy and women's ordination.
More top news
Local governments in China issued emergency responses following a deluge of hailstones on Sunday.
A dog owner forked out £1,200 in vet bills after his Terrier ate 24 rubber gloves used for tending to his allotment.
The CIA has been criticised for 'live-tweeting' the killing of Osama bin Laden to mark the fifth anniversary of his death.