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Silvio Berlusconi is facing trial for fraud (Photo: AP)

Cardinal condemns Berlusconi scandals

Head of Italy’s bishops’ conference criticises ‘wretched and empty’ behaviour of political class

Spokesman says Pope was ‘deeply shaken’ by encounter

Pilgrims arrive for Vespers in Etzelsbach, central Germany (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Pope visits little-known German Marian shrine of Etzelbach

Pope Benedict XVI pictured at the end of an ecumenical prayer gathering at the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt (Photo: PA)

Benedict XVI talks of challenges of secularism and Christian fundamentalism in address to Lutherans

The faithful await Benedict XVI's arrival at Berlin's Olympic Stadium (CNS)

Around 70,000 people attend Mass in Berlin

Christian Wulff and his wife Bettina with the Pope (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Benedict XVI says the ‘issue of truth’ has begun to be seen as an obstacle in decision-making

A yellow cross marks the altar inside the Olympic Stadium in Berlin (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Benedict XVI delivers televised message for Germany ahead of his visit tomorrow

Somali women displaced by severe drought queue for food handouts (CNS photo)

In an address to a UN conference Pope Benedict XVI calls for international efforts to promote the family farm

Pope Benedict XVI arrives for pallium Mass at St Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI marks 60 years as a priest

Pope reflects on demanding and ‘awe-inspiring’ ministry while celebrating Mass with 40 archbishops

The Pope leads Benediction of the Eucharist outside the Basilica of St Mary Major last Thursday (CNS photo)

Benedict XVI tells pilgrims on the feast of Corpus Christi that the Eucharist is an antidote to modern individualism