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Pope Francis making his first annual address to the members of the Roman Curia in December (CNS)

Despite establishing the super cardinals, so far the Pope has overseen only piecemeal reforms

Benedict XVI pictured in 2010 walking with his personal secretary, Msgr Georg Ganswein, in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo (CNS)

The public will soon be able to visit the grounds of Castel Gandolfo

Pope Francis (CNS)

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

Pope Francis (CNS)

Vatican releases Pope’s Lenten schedule

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

Benedict XVI greets Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze as he arrives at St Peter's Basilica on Saturday

Pope Emeritus responds to letter from Italian journalist

Benedict XVI and Cardinal Vincent Nichols in St Peter's Basilica on Saturday Below: Pope Francis with Cardinal Wilfrid Napier (CNS)

Cardinals Nichols and Napier speak after meetings with Pope Francis in Rome

Pope Francis leads opening prayer during a meeting of cardinals in the synod hall at the Vatican Below: Cardinals-designate Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua, Nicaragua (CNS)

Francis opens two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals at the Vatican

Japanese women bow in prayer (CNS)

Japanese Catholics make up less than one percent of the country’s population

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

Council of Cardinals advise Francis on reform of Vatican bureaucracy

Archbishop Joseph E Kurtz (CNS)

Archbishop Kurtz and Archbishop Skurla confirmed to be joining leadership of Congregation