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Circus festival visits Pope

Church leaders from Middle East enjoy circus performance

Elizabeth Hamilton, aged four, from Christ the Prince of Peace parish in Weybridge, Surrey, drew these pictures for the Pope’s visit. Elizabeth and her brother Anselm, two, attended the Hyde Park vigil with parents Annalisa and Peter

Weybridge family create cards for Pope

Children from Surrey who attended the Hyde Park vigil last month make cards for the Pope

The Pope examines the book with Graham Hutton

Charity presents Pope with special volume

Aid to the Church in Need presents Pope with book containing names of supporters who pledge the equivalent of more than six months of prayer for the Holy Father

Pope speaks about the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners during his general audience at the Vatican

Pope Benedict leaves a prayer service at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, where he announced the new Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict XVI says new pontifical council aimed at re-evangelising the west will help ‘remake the Christian fabric of society’

Pope Benedict XVI warns participants at the Middle East Synod about the manifestation of new forms of slavery

Pope Benedict XVI spoke at the opening session of the Middle East Synod (Photo: CNS)

At opening of Middle East Synod Pope Benedict warns of ‘false gods’ that beset the modern world, including terrorism and drug abuse

Nicholas Sarkozy meets Pope Benedict

French president discusses Middle East with Pontiff

The claim, by Bavarian author Peter Seewald, is based on a series of interviews with the Pontiff earlier this year

Pope Benedict XVI meets journalists attending an international conference organised by the Vatican