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Animals pay a visit to St Peter’s Square

Horses, cows, rabbits and peacocks were among the species present for the traditional blessing of St Anthony at St Peter’s Square

Pope tweets for the first time

His message: ‘Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.’

Pope’s homily on the opening of the Year of Faith

Challenge of Vatican II, he says, was to make ‘the truth and beauty of the faith shine out in our time’

Benedict XVI: ‘The documents of Vatican II are a compass for the life of the Church’

At his weekly general audience Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the importance of the Council

Pope arrives in Loreto to pray for the Year of Faith and Synod of Bishops

Benedict XVI is following the journey that John XXIII took 50 years ago, when the Second Vatican Council was about to begin