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Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for a meeting with altar servers in St Peter's Square on Tuesday Below: Pope Francis holds hands with youths during the meeting (CNS)

Pope Francis speaks German to thousands of young pilgrims in St Peter’s Square

Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS)

Catholic Church invited to join commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

A Vatican flag flies beside a German flag in a gift shop in Munich (AP)

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A selection of images from Paul Koudounaris’s new book, Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs

Pope Francis receives a book from Dr Nikolaus Schneider

Dr Nikolaus Schneider hopeful for joint celebration of the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Zollitsch says Germany ‘in some sense shared the honour’ of Benedict XVI being elected

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg

Archbishop says people who stop paying Church tax should not continue to receive sacraments

Cardinal Meisner said he had been telling his fellow bishops to break with the publishing company for years (Photo: PA)

Dioceses order an immediate sale of shares in Weltbild because of material that ‘contradicts the ideals of the shareholders’

President Christian Wulff, right, and Chancellor Angela Merkel welcome Benedict XVI at Tegel airport this morning (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

His trip to Germany this week is his first foray as Pope outside Germany’s Catholic strongholds