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Workers prepare the Sistine Chapel for the conclave (Photo: CNS)

Conclave to begin on Tuesday

Mass will be celebrated in the morning and cardinals will enter conclave in the afternoon

Pope gives his final greetings to cardinals and other Vatican officials (Photo: PA)

Benedict XVI promises his ‘unconditional obedience’ to next pope

Benedict XVI greets pilgrims in St Peter's Square before his last general audience (Photo: PA)

Full text of Benedict XVI’s last address

At last general audience the Pope says during his pontificate he felt the Lord’s presence every day

Cardinal O'Brien (Photo: PA)

Cardinal resigns just a few weeks before he was due to step down because of age

Cardinal O'Brien (Photo: PA)

Scotland’s cardinal tells the BBC that clerical celibacy could, in principle, be re-considered

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Zollitsch says Germany ‘in some sense shared the honour’ of Benedict XVI being elected

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday Photo: Press Association

Benedict XVI says Catholics must endure spiritual battle during his Sunday address

Vatican Bank  Photo: Associated Press

A shipyard chairman has been appointed as the new president of the Vatican Bank

Pope Benedict blesses the Roman clergy at the end of his address (AP)

Benedict XVI says media distortion of the Second Vatican Council caused ‘so much misery’

Pope Benedict XVI during the meeting with cardinals in which he made his announcement (Photo: CNS)

Religious leaders express their surprise – including even the Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi