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Priests pray in front of the slogan: 'We thank you for freedom at St Anne's church in Warsaw, Poland (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

US author George Weigel says the late pope faced a full-scale war launched by Communism against the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Urbi et Orbi blessing on Christmas Day (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Benedict XVI has busy calendar for 2011

The Pontiff will make four foreign trips next year, including one to Benin

Pope Benedict XVI talks to Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, president of the Vatican Bank, at Castel Gandolfo in September (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano

Benedict XVI establishes unprecedented Vatican oversight agency

Benedict XVI greets people during a lunch in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on December 26 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Catholic Press Photo)

Event marks 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa’s birth

Pope Benedict with Cardinal William Levada, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a meeting earlier this year (Photo: CNS)

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issues clarification about Benedict XVI’s remarks in Light of the World

Pope Benedict says his schedule of meetings and trips 'really overtaxes an 83-year-old man' (Photo: CNS)

In a wide-ranging and candid interview the Pope describes crisis as ‘a tremendous cloud of filth which darkens everything’

Seminarians pictured at the Pontifical North American College in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Holy Father recalls his difficult path to priesthood in Nazi Germany

Pope greets Sister Maria Casey, postulator of the Cause of Mary MacKillop, at the canonisation Mass in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict XVI proclaims six new saints, including a Canadian brother known as the ‘Miracle Man of Montreal’

Pope Benedict leaves a prayer service at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, where he announced the new Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict XVI says new pontifical council aimed at re-evangelising the west will help ‘remake the Christian fabric of society’

Pope Benedict XVI spoke at the opening session of the Middle East Synod (Photo: CNS)

At opening of Middle East Synod Pope Benedict warns of ‘false gods’ that beset the modern world, including terrorism and drug abuse