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Pope leads Good Friday ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica

Good Friday is to become a public holiday in Cuba for the first time since 1959

Pope has invited the Archbishop of Canterbury to speak at the world Synod of Bishops on evangelisation in October

The Pope tells cardinals that love and service, not an air of greatness, are to mark their lives

Pope reflects on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at general audience

In his address to diplomats Benedict XVI laments violent attacks on Christians as well as efforts to push religion out of the public sphere

Pope says Jesus is ‘the hand God extends to humanity’

Benedict XVI also talks about death and eternal life at weekly general audience

Benedict XVI tells 300 religious leaders that believers must ‘purify their faith’ to help peace

Benedict XVI says he hopes the meeting will promote dialogue in a world ‘still torn by hatred’