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But Pope Benedict will have to live to 2020 to surpass the oldest pope in history, Leo XIII.

Pope Benedict adores the Eucharist on the Feast of Corpus Christi (Photo: CNS)

The Vatican seems to have denied the story in 2007. Plus, there is footage of the Pope celebrating Mass, in the Ordinary Form, in his private chapel

Message will mark World Day of Peace

Cardinal Ouellet's views on abortion have made him unpopular among feminists in Canada (Photo: CNS)

He is an excellent choice as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. But Cardinal Pell would have been better

Archbishop Bernard Longley pictured with, left to right, Peter Jennings, his press secretary, Jackie Edge, his aunt, Kathleen Lloyd his sister and Jennifer Davies his secretary                                                                                                                                         (Photograph: Robert Davies)

Pope Benedict XVI made the comment when he placed the pallium over the shoulders of Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham

Pope arrives at Castel Gandolfo

Benedict XVI flies to summer residence

Pontiff praises Scottish Franciscan

Pontiff travels to the Italian town of Sulmona to mark the 800th anniversary of the birth of Pope Celestine V

Pope Benedict XVI passes before the remains of Pope Celestine V after a Mass in Sulmona, Italy                    (AP Photo)

Pontiff marks 800th birthday of 13th-century hermit Pope Celestine V
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Bishop Conry had a private meeting with the Pope in January (Photograph: Servizio Fotographico de l’OR)

Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton says the Church should rethink the way it presents itself