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A crucifix hangs in a school classroom in Rome (CNS photo/Reuters)

Cardinal Ravasi says crucifixes highlight Christianity’s key contribution to European culture

At his general audience Benedict XVI says that fasting and almsgiving ‘prepare our hearts to take flight and seek the things of heaven’

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera elevates the Eucharist during a Mass at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Cardinal Burke says that many bishops and priests do not treat abuses seriously enough

The body of Pope John Paul II lies in state in St Peter's Basilica as mourners pass by on April 4, 2005 (Photo: CNS/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

The Vatican issues a three-day timetable of events and emphasises that beatification Mass is free and not ticketed

Archbishop Bernard Longley will chair a meeting of 18 bishops and scholars in May (Photo: Mazur)

Archbishop of Birmingham to chair third phase of ARCIC, which begins in May

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead the general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

People do not know who they are unless they pray regularly, Pope Benedict XVI says at his general audience

Women cheer at Pope Benedict XVI's weekly general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI says the French national heroine offers ‘a beautiful example of holiness’ for people in public life

Pope Benedict XVI pictured during a meeting with members of the Roman Rota (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict says that too often couples see marriage preparation as a bureaucratic obstacle

Vatican officials and Muslim scholars at a three-day forum in Rome (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO)

Boycott by scholars in Egypt comes after Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks about anti-Christian violence

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves his weekly general audience (Photo: CNS)

Ecumenical movement has led to ‘a sense of brotherhood’ among Christians, Benedict XVI says at general audience