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Benedict XVI pictured in Cuba in 2012 (CNS)

Summary of letter from the Pope Emeritus to Cardinal Bertone published by Italian newspaper

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Sociologist and professor Margaret Archer named president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Pope Francis announced the extraordinary synod in October last year  (CNS)

New members include Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin

Cardinal Bertone, left, and Cardinal Sodano, who apparently tried to block his appointment as Secretary of State (CNS photo)

Cardinal Bertone was appointed for the right reasons; his enemies now are those of the Pope himself