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Benedict XVI thanks faithful and asks for prayers for his successor

The Pope makes his first public appearance since his abdication announcement (Photo: PA)

Benedict XVI says he has felt people’s prayers ‘almost physically’

Pope issues new rules to strengthen Catholic identity of charities

Benedict XVI says charities should not receive money from groups that ‘pursue ends contrary to the Church’s teaching’

Pope creates six new cardinals from outside Europe

Cardinals greet new Cardinal Tagle after he received the red hat at St Peter's (AP)

The College of Cardinals now has 120 members eligible to vote in a conclave

Pope: ‘The Council Fathers neither could nor wished to create a new Church’

Benedict XVI at the weekly general audience yesterday (Photo: CNS)

On eve of 50th anniversary Benedict XVI reflects on weak and strong points of Council documents

Pope tells Middle East Christians: ‘Your sufferings are not in vain’

Benedict XVI arrives in the popemobile to celebrate Mass (CNS)

Benedict XVI appeals for hope on last day of Lebanese visit

Pope says he is a ‘pilgrim of peace’ as he arrives in Lebanon

Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman looks on as Pope Benedict XVI speaks during a welcoming ceremony at Beirut's airport (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI praises dialogue between Christians and Muslims in Lebanon, but says the country’s equilibrium is ‘extremely delicate’

Superior general says the SSPX may split over reconciliation with Rome

Bishop Bernard Fellay at the SSPX headquarters in Menzingen, Switzerland (CNS)

Bishop Bernard Fellay says: ‘I cannot exclude that there might be a split’

Vatican orders major reform of association of women religious

American women religious attend a meeting of Network (CNS)

Leadership Conference of Women Religious has ‘serious doctrinal problems’, says Rome

Ladies in White arrested before Pope’s Havana Mass

Cuban political dissidents Alejandrina Garcia de la Rivas and Laura Maria Labrada Pollan. Both have reportedly been arrested (CNS photo)

The dissidents had appealed for a meeting with Benedict XVI

Without God man is hurled into a void, Pope tells Cubans

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd at the Mass (CNS photo)

Benedict XVI acknowledges the daring and self-sacrifice of Cubans struggling for freedom