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Pray for Cardinals as they elect new Pope, Archbishop of Westminster urges British Catholics

Roman Catholic leaders in Britain have called on the faithful to pray for the cardinals gathered in Rome on the eve of the conclave to elect a new pope.

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Pope Benedict XVI flies away from Vatican for last time - but his shadow will remain

Latest: 85-year-old pontiff is currently being flown to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo

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In his fight against vested interests, Benedict XVI retires defeated

Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation two weeks ago

Benedict XVI to keep 'pope' title and wear white after his retirement

Pope Benedict XVI will be known as “emeritus Pope” in his retirement and will continue to wear a white cassock, the Vatican has announced, fuelling concerns about potential conflicts arising from having both a reigning and a retired pope.

Former Catholic archbishop says Cardinals will have to address child abuse scandals at meeting to elect Pope

Cormac Murphy-O'Connor says new head should be 'capable of addressing needed reforms'

Cardinal Keith O'Brien has been sacked by the Pope, rather than left to retire

At last winds of change blow through the Vatican

Thousands attend Pope Benedict XVI's blessing

Pope Benedict XVI blessed the faithful from his window overlooking St Peter's Square for the first time since announcing his resignation, cheered by an emotional crowd of tens of thousands of well-wishers from around the world.

Pope rounds on rival cardinals and their 'sins against unity'

Ash Wednesday speech hints Vatican power struggles were real reason  for shock resignation

The Pope waves to the faithful as he arrives at the Paul VI Hall

'I did it for the Church': frail and grey Pope Benedict XVI faces the masses for the final time

Michael Day in Rome sees Benedict’s first audience since his shock decision

Pope Benedict XVI resigned 'for the good of the church'

85-year-old German cleric received standing ovation from faithful at the Vatican

Potential Popes - top row from left: Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodrigues Maradiaga, Argentine Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Bottom row from left : Austrian Cristoph Schonborn, Hungarian Peter Erdoe, Italian Angelo Scola, Canadian Marc Ouellet

Pope Benedict XVI might be off – but his conservative allies are still there

Of the 120 electors who get to vote 67 of them have been appointed by Benedict

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Pope Benedict XVI: Vatileaks? Heart trouble? Rumours swirl around the Pope

Holy See says pontiff had pacemaker fitted last month but denies that it forced his resignation

Benedict XVI: the revolutionary Pope? Resignation seen as 'eruption of modernity'

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