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Benedict XVI: I am beginning the last stage of my pilgrimage on earth

Benedict XVI blesses pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo (Photo: PA)

Benedict XVI delivers his final words as Pope to cheering pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo

Rock band plays concert for Vatican officials

Young people in an overflow room in Rome watch a video feed of the concert (Photo: CNS)

The band’s singer tells audience how he swapped ‘alcohol, drugs and women’ for joy of faith

Social networks need more logic, love and less ranting, says Pope

Benedict XVI ventures into the world of social media with a papal tweet (Photo: CNS)

In World Communications Day message Benedict XVI emphasises the value of ‘reasoned debate’

Pope meets Communist leader from Vietnam for first time

Vietnam's ruling Communist Party held a congress in Hanoi last year in which Nguyen Phu Trong was elected leader (Photo: PA)

Meeting comes as restrictions on Catholics in some parts of Vietnam are being eased

Lance Armstrong’s doping reflects ‘rotten’ cycling world, says Vatican official

Lance Armstrong in 2010 (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Sports official in the Pontifical Council for Culture says commercial pressures reduce athletes to commodities

SSPX leader calls Jewish people ‘enemies of the Church’

Bishop Fellay, superior general of the SSPX (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Fellay made the comment during a two-hour talk in Canada

Pope declares Paul VI lived a life of heroic virtue

Pope Paul VI (Photo: PA)

The Italian pope, who reigned from 1963 to 1978, will now be known as ‘Venerable’

Prefect of the CDF says seeing Vatican II as a ‘rupture’ is heresy

Archbishop Müller, prefect of the CDF (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Müller says ‘hermeneutic of reform in continuity’ was the only possible interpretation

Benedict XVI forced to cancel peace mission to Syria

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims at his weekly general audience today (Photo: AP)

Instead the Pope is giving £600,000 in aid and sending a cardinal to visit refugees in Lebanon

In message to Obama, Pope prays that liberty and justice will guide America

Barack Obama waves to supporters at his election night party (Photo: PA)

Pontiff congratulates US president on his re-election in a telegram that has not fully been made public