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Through prayer, the Holy Spirit can help people overcome their weaknesses, Benedict XVI says at general audience

Pope reflects on the power of prayer

At his general audience Benedict XVI thanks world’s faithful for their prayers

Benedict XVI was also presented with a relic of the venerable Elena Aiello, the first Blessed woman from the Italian region of Calabria

At his general audience the Pope suggests we draw fresh spiritual breath from the two lungs of prayer and the word of God

The cardinal received more than 42,000 votes

Benedict XVI gave his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square to 22,000 pilgrims

Pope calls for an end to bloodshed in Syria in Easter message

The meditations were written by an Italian couple married for 60 years

Benedict XVI presides at Mass in the Basilica of St John Lateran

Pope receives giant Easter egg

Italian chocolate company gives Benedict XVI an egg more than 6.5 feet high and weighing more than 550 pounds. It was decorated with the Pope’s coat of arms