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

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

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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 Benedict XVI also remembers serious humanitarian crisis in northern Nigeria

Pope to meet Sarkozy in Italy

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

Pope Benedict XVI continues his catechesis on the life of women saints