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Benedict XVI reiterates ‘personal confidence’ in Vatican Secretary of State in a letter

Ceremony began with ‘Tu es Petrus’ sung by Sistine Chapel and Westminster Abbey choirs

Cardinal says ‘the strongest candidates grow in hostile environments’

The rules were approved in 1978 but only made available in Latin

Benedict XVI says he is on ‘the last stretch’ of his journey in life

Benedict XVI celebrates the chrism Mass this morning (CNS)

Benedict XVI criticises Austrian priests’ campaign to relax Church discipline

Investigators say the Church has done an ‘excellent’ job in implementing stricter child protection guidelines

Pope blesses and rings a small brass bell that has been on tour across Ireland for nearly a year

Benedict XVI also urges support for large families at weekly general audience

Benedict XVI, in an apparent reference to Twitter, says profound thoughts can be communicated even in concise phrases