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Benedict XVI thanks everyone during last Mass at St Peter’s

The Pope celebrated an emotional last Mass for the distribution of the ashes, kissing the basilica’s altar for the last time

Pope welcomed with warm applause in his first public appearance since abdication announcement

Benedict XVI seemed at ease as he led the general audience at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall

Ten reasons to give thanks for Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI will leave the papal seat empty on February 28 (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI has left the Church with a rich body of teaching and a shining example in humility and steadfastness

Images from the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

These images show how Benedict XVI, in a calm and surprising manner, announced in Latin that he will be resigning as the Successor of Peter

Daily readings: February 10 – 16

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Print edition 08.02.13

February 8 2013

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The former child slave who served as a Sister for 50 years

St Josephine was treated as a slave for years, but insisted: ‘My life is good’

St Josephine Bakhita (February 8) said if she met her torturers she would kiss their hands for helping her to find Christ

Debate: Is giving up alcohol, chocolate or biscuits the best way of marking Lent?

Warm double chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and raspberries on top (Photo: PA)

Or is that a distraction from the real task of preparing for Holy Week and Easter?

It’s time for one last chocolate biscuit

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: unlikely to be giving up laughter for Lent (Photo: CNS)

We asked prominent Christians what they are giving up for Lent. Their answers range from blogs to fruit juice and moreish digestives

Print edition 01.02.13

February 1 2013

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