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Pope prepares to leave Rome for Lenten retreat

The retreat will take place at Pauline Fathers’ retreat and conference centre in Ariccia

Vatican releases Pope’s Lenten schedule

Pope Francis’s calendar of liturgical services for March and April includes addition of a Lenten ‘penitential service’

The moment that shook the world: An eyewitness account of Benedict XVI’s resignation

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

Pope visits live Nativity scene

Francis lets a lamb rest on his shoulders during visit to Rome church

Don’t just observe life ‘from the balcony’, says Pope as year begins

Francis gives thanks for the graces of 2013 on New Year’s Eve in St Peter’s Basilica

Photo gallery: 10 memorable moments from 2013

The people and the stories making the news in what was a momentous year for the Church

How to visit Rome in the austerity era

The Catholic Herald’s Rome correspondent knows the Eternal City inside out. Here he offers tips for pilgrims for whom every penny counts

Benedict XVI welcomes statue of Our Lady of Fatima to his home

The statue has been brought to Rome from Portugal to mark Marian Day and the Vatican’s Year of Faith.

Debate: Is the Catholic Church in its best shape ever?

Or is the Church actually in the grip of a crisis that threatens its very existence?

Photo gallery: Extraordinary pictures of the catacomb ‘saints’

A selection of images from Paul Koudounaris’s new book, Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs