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Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who resigned this year (CNS)

The German Church is superbly organised, but its coercive tax is weakening the Catholic faith

Members of the Youth Union of Turkey protest after violence between Kurdish protesters and Turkish police (AP Photo)

If Turkey is an example to the Middle East, it is not a particularly inspiring one

Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis at the Vatican in September (AP)

Bust of Benedict XVI is installed at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Archbishop Georg Ganswein pictured with the Pope Emeritus read the 1,800-word message aloud (PA)

Benedict XVI released a message to Rome’s Pontifical Urbanian University

Lord Patten organised the UK Papal Visit of 2010

The Vatican has set up an 11 member committee to advise on communications

Pope Francis waves as he appears for yesterday's Regina Caeli address (AP)

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Pope Francis embraces Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, at the Vatican (CNS)

Bishop said he hopes Pope Francis’s trip will promote Christian unity

Pope Francis (CNS)

The then-Cardinal Bergoglio reportedly came second in the 2005 conclave and is said to have been relieved he wasn’t elected on that occasion

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

Print Edition: 07/02/14

In this week’s print edition of The Catholic Herald, Archbishop Leo Cushley offers a moving eyewitness account of Benedict XVI’s resignation on the first anniversary of that momentous day. Architect Ptolemy Dean discusses his plans to give visitors to Westminster Abbey a striking new view of the shrine of St Edward the Confessor. Quentin de […]