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Benedict XVI dismisses ‘absurd’ resignation conspiracy theories

Benedict XVI greets Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze as he arrives at St Peter's Basilica on Saturday

Pope Emeritus responds to letter from Italian journalist

Pope Francis issues letter to families ahead of extraordinary synod

Pope Francis (AP)

Pontiff calls for prayers ahead of meeting of bishops in October

Francis names Cardinal Pell as head of new Vatican economy body

Cardinal Pell, centre, is one of Francis's eight cardinal advisers (CNS)

Archbishop of Sydney to oversee all financial operations of the Holy See

Cardinal Vincent Nichols receives red hat from Pope Francis

Cardinal Nichols receives the red hat (

Benedict XVI makes surprise first joint appearance with Francis at a liturgical ceremony

The saint who inspired a Harry Potter character

St Walburga (February 25) was educated by the nuns of Wimborne Abbey in Dorset

Pope Francis leads calls for an end to violence in Ukraine

A pro-European Union protester throws an object during clashes with Ukrainian riot police in Kiev, Ukraine 
(CNS) : Photo below (CNS) Riot police stand near a crucifix as smoke rises above Independence Square: (CNS) A woman cries as she and others appeal to Ukrainian police troops at the site of clashes with protesters in Kiev

Church leaders have called for an end to violence in Ukraine

We must put God back into marriage, says cardinal-designate

Archbishop Nichols will receive the red hat on Saturday (CNS)

Archbishop Nichols has said that the Church has much more work to do in order to prepare couples for marriage

Cardinal Kasper to give speech on family to College of Cardinals

Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS)

Meeting will focus on preparation for October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops

Welfare safety net ‘torn apart’, says Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (PA)

Archbishop of Westminster calls rising poverty in affluent Britain ‘a disgrace’

Marriage must be built on the rock of love, Pope Francis tells couples

Couples hold ballons as they wait for Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican today (PA)

Pope Francis addressed 20,000 engaged couples today