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Pope Benedict XVI arrives on a wheeled platform at the Mass on Sunday (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI announces Year of Faith

The Year will begin on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council

The Pope arrives in St Peter's Square (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope condemns massacre of Copts in Cairo

Benedict XVI urges Egypt to work towards ‘respect for the freedom and dignity of every citizen’

Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square before his weekly general audience (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI says that children in east Africa are dying every day because of the famine

Benedict XVI waves as he arrives for his general audience (CNS Photo/Alessia Pierdomenico, Reuters)

Benedict XVI tells 10,000 pilgrims that faith in Germany ‘is alive, and has a young face’

Cardinal Levada had a two-hour meeting with Bishop Fellay this morning (Photo: CNS)

Vatican gives SSPX doctrinal statement to sign

Document lists seven key principles that the society must agree to before full reconciliation with Rome

Irish prime minister Enda Kenny launched a scathing attack on the Vatican in July

Vatican insists it ‘in no way hampered or interfered in’ abuse inquiry

A view of St Catherine Russian Orthodox church and St Peter's Basilica in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI sends message to Catholic and Orthodox scholars

Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia pictured with the Pope at Barajas airport (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Pope praises hosts and says Spain is a great nation

Young people carry the World Youth Day cross during the Via Crucis in Plaza de Cibeles (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Hundreds of thousands meditate on Christ’s Passion in Madrid

Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza leaves the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

Vatican recalls nuncio to Ireland

Nuncio has been recalled so the Vatican can better respond to Cloyne scandal, says Vatican spokesman