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Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd (Photo: CNS)

Remembering all of God’s gifts to humanity ‘opens up the path of light amid darkness’, says Benedict XVI

The Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

No joint prayer at Assisi, says cardinal

Papal pilgrimage will unite Muslims, Chinese Buddhists, Japanese Shintoists, Native Americans, Zoroastrians and atheist philosophers

A protester is carried off the site (Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Anglican and Catholic bishops say ‘confrontation and violence are not the answer’ as riot police move in on Traveller site

A C Grayling accepted the invitation from the Vatican thinking he would have a discussion with the Pope (Photo: PA)

Professor withdrew from interreligious gathering after realising he was being asked to ‘accompany the Pope on a pilgrimage’

Pope Benedict XVI arrives on a wheeled platform at the Mass on Sunday (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI announces Year of Faith

The Year will begin on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council

The Pope arrives in St Peter's Square (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope condemns massacre of Copts in Cairo

Benedict XVI urges Egypt to work towards ‘respect for the freedom and dignity of every citizen’

Youcef Nadarkhani was given a death sentence for converting to Christianity

Spokesman for Bishops of England and Wales says Holy See officials are working through ‘diplomatic channels’

Zenit publishes news in seven languages

In a statement they say the agency has become too closely identified with the Legionaries of Christ

Violence in Cairo last night (Photo: PA)

Peaceful Christian demonstrators attacked by thugs with rifles, sticks and swords, according to Catholic Church spokesman

Cardinal Wuerl yesterday received an Episcopalian parish into the Catholic Church in anticipation of the ordinariate (Photo: CNS)

Vatican delegate for the US ordinariate says it will be established before the end of the year