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Cardinal Nichols receives the red hat (Catholicnews.org)

Benedict XVI makes surprise first joint appearance with Francis at a liturgical ceremony

Benedict XVI announcing his resignation at a meeting with cardinals on February 11, 2013 Below: The cardinals gather for the meeting, a video reflecting on the resignation and Benedict XVI at prayer (CNS, video via RomeReports)

A year ago Benedict XVI became the first pope to resign in 600 years. Here is Archbishop Leo Cushley’s moving eyewitness account of that day

Medallions of Francis and Benedict XVI at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls

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Pope Francis waves at yesterday's Angelus

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The Queen with Benedict XVI in Edinburgh (PA)

Queen to visit Pope Francis in April

Vatican trip to take place on April 3, Palace confirms

A Catholic Charismatic Renewal conference in Delaware in 2008 (CNS)

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Pope Francis on the cover of Rolling Stone

Fr Federico Lombardi describes article on Pontiff as ‘superficial journalism’

A child walks in the aisle during a Mass in northern China (CNS)

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Bishop Mark O'Toole (Mazur)

Bishop Mark O’Toole ordained today at Plymouth Cathedral

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pontiff’s comments in his ‘state of the world’ address gave socialists and humanists a chance to engage with his criticism of our throwaway culture