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

Pope says there is no future without children

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd (Photo: CNS)

Remembering all of God’s gifts to humanity ‘opens up the path of light amid darkness’, says Benedict XVI

The Pontiff at a seminar with his former students (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Benedict XVI: cradle Catholics have not done enough to show people that God exists