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Benedict XVI celebrates Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Pope Benedict leads the Good Friday liturgy (CNS)

Pope leads Good Friday ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica

Castro declares Good Friday a holiday

Pope Benedict XVI and Raúl Castro outside the Palace of the Revolution in Havana. In the middle is a translator (CNS photo)

Good Friday is to become a public holiday in Cuba for the first time since 1959

Dr Rowan Williams to address world gathering of Catholic bishops

Pope Benedict XVI is assisted by Mgr Leonardo Sapienza walking up the stairs of the Church of St Gregory with Dr Rowan Williams (CNS photo)

Pope has invited the Archbishop of Canterbury to speak at the world Synod of Bishops on evangelisation in October

Weaker appreciation of marriage is harming society, says Pope

Benedict XVI says the Church has in the past failed to communicate its teaching on marriage

Benedict XVI creates 22 new cardinals

Benedict XVI presents a red biretta to Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope tells cardinals that love and service, not an air of greatness, are to mark their lives

New evangelisation is hindered by Christian disunity, says Pope

Benedict XVI greets cardinals and bishops during his general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope reflects on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at general audience

Pope condemns persecution of Christians

Benedict XVI has paid tribute to murdered Pakistani politician Shahbaz Bhatti (Photo: PA)

In his address to diplomats Benedict XVI laments violent attacks on Christians as well as efforts to push religion out of the public sphere

Pope says Christmas shows God’s will to save people from sin

Benedict XVI delivers the Urbi et Orbi message (AP)

Pope says Jesus is ‘the hand God extends to humanity’

Pope prays G20 summit will help world’s poor

Benedict XVI blesses a woman at his weekly general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI also talks about death and eternal life at weekly general audience

Pope at Assisi: People still seeking faith are ‘pilgrims of truth’ too

Religious leaders gathered at the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Benedict XVI tells 300 religious leaders that believers must ‘purify their faith’ to help peace