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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 […]

Benedict XVI said Lubich was a "woman of fearless faith."

Movement asks for Cause to be opened five years after Chiara Lubich’s death

Pope Francis could create at least 14 new cardinals (CNS)

The Pope will create his first cardinals on the feast of the Chair of St Peter

Benedict XVI makes his final public appearance as Pope in February (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/09/13

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Singing from the same hymn sheet: Pope Emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

Its editorial seems to regard vestments and traditional morality as the main obstacles to progress

Benedict XVI waves to the faithful (Photo: CNS)

Despite the excitement of the secular media, Benedict went through the same process as any other Christian when faced with a major decision

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI at the Vatican in May (CNS)

Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate say they will “submit in obedience to the Holy Father”

Pope Francis as he addresses World Youth Day pilgrims on Copacabana beach (CNS)

Pope Francis challenges World Youth Day pilgrims to focus on Christ during his first address