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Are people leaving the Church because of a lack of inspiring leadership, or simply because they have lost faith?

Challenge of Vatican II, he says, was to make ‘the truth and beauty of the faith shine out in our time’

Benedict XVI arrives at St Peter's Square for the Mass opening the Year of Faith (Photo: AP/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Benedict XVI opens Year of Faith

Pope inaugurated the Year of Faith this morning with 14 surviving Fathers of the Council
• Read full text of Benedict XVI’s homily
Video of the Pope’s homily
• Read full text of Patriarch Bartholomew’s address

Homily given at Mass marking 50th anniversary of Vatican II

Orthodox leader ‘wholeheartedly congratulates’ Pope on 50th anniversary of Council

Bishops and cardinals attend the synod's opening Mass in St Peter's Square (AP)

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Bishop Egan also calls for extra emphasis on Eucharistic Adoration and a ‘systematic’ study of Catechism

Bishops gathered in St Peter's for the Second Vatican Council (Photo: CNS)

Or should we be urgently seeking to fix the damage it did to the Church?

Benedict XVI waves outside the Sanctuary of the Holy House in Loreto (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI follows in footsteps of John XXIII 50 years ago by visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto

Benedict XVI is following the journey that John XXIII took 50 years ago, when the Second Vatican Council was about to begin