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The rather gloomy outlook of the Church meant that it was better equipped than most faiths to cope with the horrors of the First World War

Benedict XVI blesses a woman at his weekly general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI also talks about death and eternal life at weekly general audience

Benedict XVI prays at the tomb of Pope John Paul I (CNS photo)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/11/11

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

I will pray for Gaddafi on All Souls’ Day

The treatment of Gaddafi’s corpse was a disgrace – and now he is with God we can pray for him, as we pray for all the dead

Benedict XVI prays at tomb of John Paul II

Pope follows All Souls’ Day tradition of praying at tombs of predecessors