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Pope Benedict XVI, a study by Michael Noakes

The Pope in his library

Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI reproduced on the occasion of his visit to Britain

St Gertrude of Helfta was a German Benedictine, mystic, and theologian

Pope Benedict XVI condemns the mafia

Pontiff speaks out against the ‘path of death’ of organised crime

Pope visits Sicily

Pope Benedict XVI condemns the mafia during a one-day trip to Palermo in Sicily

Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing at the end of a youth meeting in Sicily (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/10/10

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

It should no longer be seen as a halfway house for disaffected Anglo-Catholics ‘defecting’ from the Church of England

Newlyweds visit the Pope

Each week, several pairs of newlyweds from around the world come to Rome for the Pope to bless

A few hours before returning to Rome, Pope meets employees and their families

Pope: liturgy is school of spirituality

Pope Benedict XVI also remembers serious humanitarian crisis in northern Nigeria

Pope Benedict XVI and Nicolas Sarkozy outside the Élysée Palace in Paris in 2008 (Photo: PA)

Pope to meet Sarkozy in Italy

Pope Benedict to meet the French president amid tension over French deportation of Roma people