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Topic: papal abdication

How, during the lifetime of a pope, can his successor gain the authority he needs? We are in a time of uncertainty: but we are also in God’s hands

We all need to approach the conclave without resentment or feelings of betrayal

Pope Benedict disturbs non-believers because for him God is the centre of everything

He shows that humility is the hallmark of authentic Christianity

Pope tells priests: I will always be close to you, even though I will be hidden

Benedict XVI speaks off-the-cuff about Vatican II in audience with priests

Pope’s secretary moved to tears during Mass

Benedict XVI was the only person able to hold back tears during his last Mass as pope at St Peter’s Basilica

Benedict XVI thanks everyone during last Mass at St Peter’s

The Pope celebrated an emotional last Mass for the distribution of the ashes, kissing the basilica’s altar for the last time

Benedict XVI preaches humility and Christian unity in last public Mass as pope

He says the true disciple does not ‘seek applause or approval’

Full text of the Pope’s Ash Wednesday homily

Here we publish the homily of Benedict XVI’s last public Mass as pope

Benedict XVI thanks faithful and asks for prayers for his successor

Benedict XVI says he has felt people’s prayers ‘almost physically’

Pope Benedict’s abdication exemplifies his courage, his radicalism and his humility. All the same, I can’t help it, on March 1, he will still be the Pope to me

We are moving into uncharted territory: the next few weeks are going to be difficult to live through

Full text of Benedict XVI’s general audience address

Here we publish the full text of the Pope’s general audience address on Ash Wednesday