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Vatican report hails progress in reform of Irish Church

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

Benedict XVI blesses Eucharistic Congress bell

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

Pope says there is no future without children

The Pontiff pictured at today's general audience (PA photo)

Benedict XVI also urges support for large families at weekly general audience

Pope praises silence and potential of social media

Social networks can point people towards authentic questioning, silence and prayer (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI, in an apparent reference to Twitter, says profound thoughts can be communicated even in concise phrases

Vatican approves Neocatechumenal Way prayers

About 7,000 members of the Neocatechumenal Way attended a papal audience on Friday (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI explains that the celebrations “are not strictly liturgical, but are part of an itinerary of growth in the faith”

Eucharist gives strength to those who are weak and weary, says Pope

A member of Rome's Biopark zoo shows Pope Benedict XVI a rare young Cuban crocodile (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Benedict XVI says the Eucharist transforms our lives ‘despite our weakness and infidelity’

Vatican to issue recommendations for celebrating Year of Faith

Vatican congregation says the Year will focus on Christ and ‘the beauty of having faith in him’

Marianne Cope and ‘Lily of the Mohawks’ to be canonised

A statue of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha outside the Kateri Shrine in Fonda, New York (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict XVI advances Causes of 20 men and women and recognises 64 martyrs of the Spanish Civil War

Prayer should always include praise, says Pope

Benedict XVI looks at a traditional Mexican Nativity scene donated by the state of Puebla (Photo: CNS)

At his general audience Benedict XVI says prayer should not just be a request for God to fulfil one’s wishes

Church should fear sin of members more than persecution, says Pope

In St Peter's Square an Italian banner says: 'Mary the Immaculate will triumph' (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI told crowds in Rome that the Church will always end up victorious against persecution