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This is the logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens on December 8 [CNS]

The year-long extraordinary jubilee will include a number of individual jubilee days for specific groups of people

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst (CNS)

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst will advise the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation on catechesis

The official Year of Faith logo (CNS)

Pope will concelebrate Mass with surviving Vatican II Fathers at start of Year

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (Mazur/

Archdiocese will take part in a Europe-wide pilot scheme in Lent

Vatican congregation says the Year will focus on Christ and ‘the beauty of having faith in him’

According to reports, Mgr Brown will replace Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, pictured, as the nuncio to Ireland (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives on a wheeled platform at the Mass on Sunday (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI announces Year of Faith

The Year will begin on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/

Archbishop of Birmingham joins heavyweight team of prelates including Cardinal Pell, Cardinal Ouellet and Cardinal Levada

The Motu Proprio Ubicumque et semper was published yesterday

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Pope Benedict leaves a prayer service at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, where he announced the new Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict XVI says new pontifical council aimed at re-evangelising the west will help ‘remake the Christian fabric of society’