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

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

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

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’

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 in 2010 (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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

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

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

Pope Paul VI (Photo: PA)

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

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

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

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

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