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The US Consulate in Benghazi is engulfed in flames (Photo: CNS)

Vatican spokesman deplores violence as well as disrespect for religious beliefs

Mgr Scicluna pictured at a penitential vigil in Rome (CNS photo)

Mgr Scicluna says without counting Africa a majority of conferences have complied with Vatican instruction

Cardinal Bertone greets Pope Benedict XVI at a concert in the Pope's honour (CNS photo)

Benedict XVI reiterates ‘personal confidence’ in Vatican Secretary of State in a letter

Pope Benedict XVI presents a pallium to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore (Photo: CNS)

Ceremony began with ‘Tu es Petrus’ sung by Sistine Chapel and Westminster Abbey choirs

Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education

Cardinal says ‘the strongest candidates grow in hostile environments’

Pilgrims pray around a statue of the Virgin Mary on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje (CNS photo)

The rules were approved in 1978 but only made available in Latin

Children in traditional Bavarian dress greet Pope Benedict XVI on his 85th birthday (CNS photo)

Benedict XVI says he is on ‘the last stretch’ of his journey in life

Benedict XVI celebrates the chrism Mass this morning (CNS)

Benedict XVI criticises Austrian priests’ campaign to relax Church discipline

Cardinal Seán Brady at a press conference about the report yesterday (PA photo)

Investigators say the Church has done an ‘excellent’ job in implementing stricter child protection guidelines

Pope Benedict XVI rings the bell before his general audience (CNS photo)

Pope blesses and rings a small brass bell that has been on tour across Ireland for nearly a year