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Pope Francis embraces   Benedict XVI  before the consecration ceremony in the Vatican gardens (Photo: CNS)

Pontiff recites prayers to consecrate Vatican City to St Joseph and St Michael the Archangel

Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, second from right, accompanied by Chilean church leaders (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Ezzati claims Pope Francis plans to tour South America after trips to Africa and Asia in 2014

Archbishops from around the world attend the Mass in St Peter's (CNS)

Pontiff says Pope and bishops ‘must go forward’ on ‘path of synodality’

Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, spoke to Vatican Radio about the killing of Father Francois Murad ( CNS)

Father Francois Murad killed in north Syria near the Turkish border

Pope Francis (AP)

The best candidates are ‘pastors who are close to their people’, Pontiff says

The prize is funded by the royalties from Benedict XVI's books (Photo: CNS)

New Testament scholar the Rev Richard Burridge is awarded prize alongside German lay theologian

Benedict XVI, who was baptised Joseph, first approved the change (CNS)

Pope Francis confirmed the decision originally made by Benedict XVI

Pope Francis shakes hands with a boy before today's general audience (AP)

General audience focuses on the Church as a living body

John Paul II was beatified on May 1 2011 (CNS)

Polish pope could be canonised on 35th anniversary of his election

Benedict XVI (PA)

‘It’s an encyclical written with four hands,’ Pope Francis tells Synod of Bishops