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Bishop said he hopes Pope Francis’s trip will promote Christian unity

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

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 la Bédoyère asks why young Japanese men are opting for virtual relationships with female cartoon characters. Kristina Cooper explains why Pope Francis is embracing the Charismatic movement and David Twiston Davies raises an eyebrow at the Sun newspaper’s prayer campaign to end Britain’s heavy rains. To receive six issues for just £6 click here.

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

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

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

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