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A student waves the Mexican flag at yesterday's general audience (CNS)

Benedict XVI will make four-day visit to the country

Benedict XVI delivers the Urbi et Orbi message (AP)

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

A figurine of the Christ Child is seen inside St Peter’s Basilica in 2009   CNS photo/Giampiero Sposito, Reuters

‘The greatest gift is Jesus Christ’

English archbishops and a Scottish cardinal offer their Christmas greetings to readers of the Herald

Pope recalls ‘unforgettable moment’ of Eucharistic Adoration in Hyde Park

Martin Sheen says his son Charlie is on a 'different Camino' (Photo: PA)

Martin Sheen says that without his son Charlie the film would not have reached US audiences

Václav Havel walks with John Paul II at the airport in Prague in May 1995, two years after Havel was elected to lead the Czech Republic (CNS photo/Giancarlo Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

Archbishop of Prague pays tribute to ‘friend and fellow prisoner’ who led Czech Republic for 10 years

Baroness O'Cathain tabled a motion to overturn civil partnerships regulations during a debate in the Lords last week (Photo: PA)

Government Minister says that no churches or other religious premises will be forced to host civil partnership ceremonies

A statue of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha outside the Kateri Shrine in Fonda, New York (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict XVI advances Causes of 20 men and women and recognises 64 martyrs of the Spanish Civil War

Benedict XVI looks at a traditional Mexican Nativity scene donated by the state of Puebla (Photo: CNS)

At his general audience Benedict XVI says prayer should not just be a request for God to fulfil one’s wishes

In St Peter's Square an Italian banner says: 'Mary the Immaculate will triumph' (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI told crowds in Rome that the Church will always end up victorious against persecution