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Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in Paul VI Hall (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

In his weekly catechesis Pope Benedict held up the medieval mystic as a woman who understood that divine love is at the heart of spiritual life

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger prepares for communion at the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican before the papal conclave (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/ File)

Pope Benedict’s election caught American diplomats by surprise, Wikileaks documents from Rome have revealed

Apparently not even the sophisticated US intelligence service was able to penetrate the walls of the Sistine Chapel

Priests attend Pope Benedict XVI's Mass celebrated outside the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (CNS photo/Stefano Rellandini, Reuters)

Despite the furore over condoms, Light of the World, the book-length interview with Pope Benedict, is about a whole lot more than sex.

The Pope arrives at the vigil in St Peter's Basilica (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Catholics around the world pray for end to abortion

Pope Benedict XVI holds a copy of Light of the World with its author Peter Seewald, left, and Archbishop Rino Fisichella (Photo: PA)

Or should he have listened to Fr Lombardi?

Trip to Benin confirmed by Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols watches as Pope Benedict XVI leads a prayer vigil at Hyde Park (Fiona Hanson/PA Wire)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols said Pope Benedict’s September visit brought a sense of the spiritual dimension back to Britain

Fr Joseph Fessio worked with the author Peter Seewald on the English translation of the book