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Pope discusses upcoming trip to Spain

Pope Benedict XVI talks about his excitement at the trip during his general audience

A banner welcoming Benedict XVI hangs from the façade of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The Pope will consecrate the still unfinished church on Sunday (CNS photo)

The Pontiff takes the pilgrim path

On the eve of Benedict XVI’s second trip to Spain David Eade explains why the Pope is so concerned about the country’s future

Benedict XVI prays at tomb of John Paul II

Pope follows All Souls’ Day tradition of praying at tombs of predecessors

Pope Benedict waves as he is driven through a crowd in St Peter’s Square during the rally for Catholic youths (AP Photo/ Pier Paolo Cito)

Pontiff warns young of false ideas of love

Unchaste, egotistical and selfish relationships stifle growth and suffocate the spirit, says Pope Benedict XVI

Men mourn outside outside Our Lady of Salvation, the Syrian Catholic cathedral in Baghdad (Photo: CNS)

Syrian Catholic patriarch, meanwhile, attacks indifference of free world to suffering of Iraqi Christians

Benedict XVI marks feast of All Saints

Pope urges faithful to pray tomorrow for those who sleep in the Lord

Two-day trip includes stops in Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela

Presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff speaks in the chapel of Belo Horizonte's Central Market (Agencia Estado via AP Images)

Pontiff urges Brazilian bishops to guide the faithful to oppose abortion

Benedict XVI will fulfil his wish to visit Santiago de Compostela next month

The Solemnity of All Saints: Revelation 7:2-4 & 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12