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POPE WALKS NEAR RELICS OF ST. BERNADETTE SOUBIROUS DURING MASS AT VATICAN

It is indicative both of his love for Our Lady and an acknowledgement of his own growing weakness

Benedict XVI prays in St Peter's Basilica (Photo: PA)

He shows that humility is the hallmark of authentic Christianity

Benedict XVI talks with former papal butler Paolo Gabriele (Photo: CNS)

The Pope has repeatedly rebuked the Curia, saying officials should not seek power. But, in the Vatican, power is a core business

Benedict XVI speaks off-the-cuff about Vatican II in audience with priests

Benedict XVI was the only person able to hold back tears during his last Mass as pope at St Peter’s Basilica

The Pope celebrated an emotional last Mass for the distribution of the ashes, kissing the basilica’s altar for the last time

Pope Benedict XVI receives ashes from Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

He says the true disciple does not ‘seek applause or approval’

Benedict XVI waves after celebrating Ash Wednesday Mass (Photo: CNS)

Here we publish the homily of Benedict XVI’s last public Mass as pope

The Pope makes his first public appearance since his abdication announcement (Photo: PA)

Benedict XVI says he has felt people’s prayers ‘almost physically’

Benedict XVI makes his first public appearance since his abdication announcement (Photo: PA)

We are moving into uncharted territory: the next few weeks are going to be difficult to live through