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Benedict XVI will fulfil his wish to visit Santiago de Compostela next month

The Solemnity of All Saints: Revelation 7:2-4 & 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

Pope Benedict XVI blesses a child as he leaves the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East (Photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope: we can never give up on peace

Pope Benedict XVI closes Middle East Synod by urging bishops never to resign themselves ‘to the absence of peace’

Theologian says Benedict XVI vindicated the English martyr

Benedict XVI unveils theme of 2012 Synod

The shrinkage of the Church into a creative minority may leave churches empty in some countries (Photo: PA)

Or should the Church always have a place for less committed Catholics?

Pope Benedict XVI’s general audience focuses on 13th-century Hungarian princess

Pope announces consistory at Wednesday general audience

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims during his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Pope names 24 new cardinals

List includes a large number of Italians but not Archbishop Nichols of Westminster or Archbishop Dolan of New York

The Pope celebrates Mass in the Apostolic Nunciature during his recent visit to Britain. The altar, tabernacle stand and lectern were specially made by NEJ Stevenson

The Pope seen in seclusion

Apostolic Nuncio to Britain commissions Midlands-based bespoke furniture maker to produce six items for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit