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Fr Federico Lombardi (PA)

Fr Lombardi says the ordinariate will remain a permanent feature of the Catholic Church after Benedict XVI has abdicated

Maria Miller addresses the House of Commons on same-sex marriage Photo: Press Association

Maria Miller tells Church all registrars must solemnise same-sex marriages

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 receives ashes from Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

He says the true disciple does not ‘seek applause or approval’

Benedict XVI waves after celebrating Ash Wednesday Mass (Photo: CNS)

Here we publish the homily of Benedict XVI’s last public Mass as pope

The Pope makes his first public appearance since his abdication announcement (Photo: PA)

Benedict XVI says he has felt people’s prayers ‘almost physically’

Pope Benedict XVI was given rapturous applause in his first public appearance since his abdication announcement on Monday (Photo: PA)

Here we publish the full text of the Pope’s general audience address on Ash Wednesday

Benedict XVI waving to the crowd in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Pope’s announcement stuns world leaders

Politicians and Christian leaders pay tribute to Benedict XVI’s humility and love of the Church