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We must keep alive the thirst for the Absolute, Pope tells religious leaders

Bartholomew I, right, at the Pope's inauguration Mass (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Patriarch Bartholomew praises Pope Francis’s simple style

The Pope must open his arms to protect all of God’s people, says Francis

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (Photo: PA)

At inauguration Mass, Pope Francis says: ‘We must not be afraid of goodness, of tenderness’

Cardinals ask for Holy Spirit’s aid as they begin conclave

Cardinals attended Mass at St Peter's earlier today (CNS)

Cardinal-electors swear oath to defend the Church

Vatican rejects claims it is encouraging illegal ivory trade

Benedict XVI accepts a gift of an ivory crucifix from Benin's President Thomas Yayi Boni, who said it was obtained legally (Photo: CNS)

Fr Lombardi says Vatican Radio will engage in fight against poaching

Open the door to Christ, Benedict XVI says in Urbi et Orbi address

Benedict XVI gives his blessing following the Urbi et Orbi address yesterday (AP)

Pope says Christians should ask: ‘What would happen if Mary and Joseph were to knock at my door?’

Pope venerates the Virgin Mary in Rome’s plush shopping district

Benedict XVI travels to the Spanish Steps to mark the feast of the Immaculate Conception (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI says Mary’s immaculate conception brings joy in annual pilgrimage to Spanish Steps

‘It’s wonderful being old,’ says Pope at care home for the elderly

Pope Benedict and, right, Andrea Riccardi, an Italian government minister, pictured during the visit (Photo: AP)

Benedict XVI says he is ‘an elderly man visiting his peers’ during visit to a home run by the Sant’Egidio Community

Synod message: ‘Above all, we must convert ourselves to Christ’

Bishops and cardinals are assembled at the synod's opening Mass (Photo: CNS)

Message says Church will be renewed despite weakness of its disciples

Pope names six new cardinals

Cardinal-designate James Harvey, prefect of the papal household (Photo: CNS)

It will be the smallest group of cardinals to be created at a consistory since 1977

Pope proclaims first ever Native American saint

Two nuns hold images of Kateri Tekakwitha (Photo: AP)

St Kateri Tekakwitha was among seven new saints canonised yesterday in St Peter’s Square