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Pope Benedict XVI’s speech in Assisi

Full text of Pope’s speech in Assisi: ‘The Catholic Church will not let up in her fight against violence, in her commitment for peace in the world’

Religious leaders gathered at the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Benedict XVI tells 300 religious leaders that believers must ‘purify their faith’ to help peace

Benedict XVI greets the crowd in the Paul VI audience hall (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI says he hopes the meeting will promote dialogue in a world ‘still torn by hatred’

Benedict XVI waves at today's general audience (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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A barefooted pilgrim walks on his hands and knees to the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

His own life was a pilgrimage of joyful suffering towards a closer union with Christ

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 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 proclaimed the Year of Faith at Mass at St Peter's on Sunday (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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A Copt prays over the coffins of 17 people killed in Sunday's clashes (AP)

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