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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

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Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow (PA)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 27/02/13

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The Curia  CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

Is the Curia Catholic or Roman?

Does the Curia need to be ‘internationalised’?

Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst, June 1942 (Photo © George (Jürgen) Wittenstein / akg-images)

Both Sophie and her fellow German Joseph Ratzinger were inspired by Newman’s writings on conscience

Vatican Pope

Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/02/13

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Poland Auschwitz

Heroic nuns of the Holocaust

Many nuns risked life to save strangers from the Nazis