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Benedict XVI greets Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze as he arrives at St Peter's Basilica on Saturday

Pope Emeritus responds to letter from Italian journalist

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

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

Hans Küng is pictured in his office in Tübingen, Germany, in 2008 (CNS photo/Harald Oppitz, KNA)

Even at Vatican II, he was regarded as ‘incendiary, superficial, and polemical’. The contrast with Pope Benedict XVI is stark

Care for the environment is an integral part of Benedict XVI’s theological outlook (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano. Upper photo: BBC/Rob Cowling)

How I changed my mind about the Pope

Mark Dowd embarks on a personal quest to understand Pope Benedict XVI

A canvas bag and T-shirt bearing the logo for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Britain (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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