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New Cardinal Ernest Simoni, who survived imprisonment in Albania, is greeted by other cardinals (AP)

Holy Father creates 17 new cardinals from 11 nations

The Pope Emeritus walks through the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica last December (AP)

In these extracts from his new book-length interview, the Pope Emeritus reflects on his ‘guillotine’ election, his achievements as Pope and his tendency to ‘think too much’

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter's Basilica in 2012 (AP)

Pope Benedict XVI has contributed to a book marking the Ecumenical Patriarch’s 25th anniversary

Tributes to slain priest  Fr Hamel in  Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy (AP)

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Peter Seewald says a young Benedict XVI struggled with the idea of celibacy (AP)

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Pope Francis and Benedict XVI greet each other at the special Vatican ceremony (L'Osservatore Romano/AP)

The Pope has given an interview to Argentine newspaper La Nacion

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd as he concludes his final public appearance from the balcony of the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on the day of his resignation (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope Emeritus reportedly admitted to the diary in a book-length interview to be published in September

Pope Francis greets retired Pope Benedict XVI prior to the opening of the Holy Door of Saint Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/Maurizio Brambatti, EPA)

The Pope Emeritus has given a rare interview to Fr Jacques Servais

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

Benedict XVI (CNS)

Benedict XVI focused his homily on the importance of finding ‘truth, love and goodness’ in God