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Cardinal attend yesterday's first General Congregation meeting (CNS)

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Richard Dawkins (PA)

New Atheism is dead

The public has moved on from the anti-religious vitriol of the 2000s

Under canon law, the seal of confession is sacred under the penalty of excommunication (CNS)

Sin is sin – why is our society obsessed with just a few bodily-related ones?

President of Rwanda Paul Kagame addresses the UN. The country has made strides in healthcare AP Photo/Richard Drew

The African country has made great progress, showing it’s not how much money is spent, but how

Guards salute as cardinals arrive for the first General Congregation meeting (AP)

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The Pope Emeritus, as he is now called

People outside the faith will never understand how much the Holy Father means to us

The faithful watch a screen showing Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square yesterday (AP)

Benedict XVI’s abdication is a blessing in disguise

The helicopter carrying Pope Benedict flies past St Peter's Basilica (AP)

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Benedict XVI, who leaves office today

This has been a very great pontificate: we now need a vigorous pope who will defeat the treacherous bureaucrats who undermined Pope Benedict

A cardinal greets Pope Benedict in the Vatican's Clementine Hall this morning

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/02/13

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church