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

Message says Church will be renewed despite weakness of its disciples

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

Pope names six new cardinals

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

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

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

Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and the Archbishop of Canterbury (Photo: CNS)

Dr Williams tells Pope and synod that evangelisation is ‘overflow’ of disciple’s journey to Christ

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass to open the synod yesterday (Photo: CNS)

Pope gives off-the-cuff reflection at start of the synod on new evangelisation

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi comments on the verdict (AP)

Vatican spokesman says Pope Benedict may pardon Paolo Gabriele

Paolo Gabriele is seated on the right in a grey suit (Photo: CNS)

During trial Paolo Gabriele says he was innocent of theft but felt guilty for betraying the Holy Father

The courtroom in which former papal butler Paolo Gabriele will stand trial (Photo: CNS)

Judge says the criminal trial, which begins at the Vatican tomorrow, is ‘extremely’ rare

Dr Williams and Patriarch Bartholomew (Photo: CNS)

Dr Rowan Williams and Patriarch Bartholomew to attend Mass marking 50th anniversary of council

A soldier patrols the border of South Sudan amid skirmishes (Photo: CNS)

New secretary of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue says experience in Sudan was enriching