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Retired Pope Benedict XVI is assisted by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, as he walks through the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

Are there really two popes?

Benedict XVI’s resignation and his enigmatic life as Pope Emeritus have inspired ludicrous conspiracy theories. It’s time to put them to rest

A Christmas tree frames Pope Francis as he delivers his Angelus address (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/12/15

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

St John Paul II greets Poles at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa during his 1979 trip (CNS photo/Chris Niedenthal)

Wlodzimierz Redzioch explains that Stories about Saint John Paul II was written to fill a void left by the late pope’s death

Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Christians not to remain "prisoners of the past" (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Fr Raniero Cantalamessa preached during the inauguarion of the Tenth General Synod in Westminster Abbey

Archbishop Kevin McDonald (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The prayer was revised by Benedict XVI in 2008 after he permitted wider celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, pictured in 1987 (AP)

In 1985 Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter that eerily addresses the questions raised at the family synod

Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience  (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/10/15

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

Pope Francis arrives at a morning session of the family synod (AP)

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy (CNS)

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

'So, Father,' the Argentine asked, 'how do you feel about my former boss?' Managing a smile, Fr Lombardi replied, Confused.' (Photo: CNS)

This Pope doesn’t ‘do’ doctrine. His particular vocation as Supreme Pontiff may not be established for many years