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

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

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

Message says Church will be renewed despite weakness of its disciples

Pope names six new cardinals

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

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

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

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

Vatican spokesman says Pope Benedict may pardon Paolo Gabriele

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