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At his general audience Pope Benedict XVI says art ‘reveals our thirst for infinite beauty, for God’

Benedict XVI: cradle Catholics have not done enough to show people that God exists

Albino Luciani was elected on the fourth ballot of the August 1978 conclave

Members of the Ratzinger-Schülerkreis meet at Castel Gandolfo

Bishop Fellay will review progress towards full communion with Cardinal Levada

St Giles (September 1) is the patron saint of smithies

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Twenty-second Sunday of the Year. Jer 20:7-9; Ps 63; Rm 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27

Print edition 26.08.2011

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A group of priests and lay people were arrested in the city of Tianshui, in northeastern China