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Vial of John Paul II’s blood to be venerated at beatification

Images of the late pope outside a souvenir shop in his hometown of Wadowice, Poland (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

The blood was drawn from the late pope by his personal physician in case he ever needed a transfusion

Don’t abandon God because of ‘attacks of evil’ in Church, says Pope

Benedict XVI receives the official WYD 2011 backpack from Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela of Madrid: each one will contain a copy of "YouCat" (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Benedict XVI tells young people in foreword to YouCat that they must know their faith ‘with precision’

Pope urges leaders: keep Libyan civilians safe

A Libyan boy stands on top of a destroyed military vehicle belonging to the forces of Muammar Gaddafi outside Benghazi (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Benedict XVI says news from Libya over the past few days has caused him ‘deep trepidation and fear’

Egypt withdraws ambassador after Pope’s appeal for Christians

Egypt's ambassador Lamia Aly Hamada Mekhemar presents her credentials to the Pope in 2008 (Photo: CNS)

Vatican foreign minister met the ambassador yesterday hours after she was called back to Cairo

Never let go of believing in God, says Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI speaks during the general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican yesterday (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope dedicates general audience to St Catherine of Bologna

WikiLeaks: Vatican promised to lobby for climate change agreement

Screenshot of the WikiLeaks cable (Photo: CNS)

Vatican would ‘encourage’ international support for non-binding Copenhagen Accord, according to leaked US cable

SSPX threatens to expel Williamson over extremist lawyer

Bishop Fellay greets worshippers as he arrives for an ordination Mass in Econe, Switzerland (Photo: PA)

Society of St Pius says it will exclude Bishop Williamson unless he drops lawyer with neo-Nazi ties

Pope consecrates Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (Photo: CNS)

In his homily Pope Benedict XVI said Catholics must promote the family and resist every attack on human life

Pope condemns ‘absurd violence’ of Baghdad church siege

Men mourn outside outside Our Lady of Salvation, the Syrian Catholic cathedral in Baghdad (Photo: CNS)

Syrian Catholic patriarch, meanwhile, attacks indifference of free world to suffering of Iraqi Christians

Ireland visitation to focus on abuse victims, says Vatican

High-level officials meet in Rome to prepare Apostolic Visitation