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Benedict XVI reflects on life of German Benedictine abbess

A makeshift shrine set up by relatives of the trapped miners (Photo: AP)

Miners convert part of their shelter into a shrine as they brace themselves for another four months underground

Benedict XVI refers to plight of miners in his Angelus address

Pope Benedict XVI leads a meeting with his former doctoral students

The Pope’s former doctoral students were addressed by Archbishop Koch

Will the crowds stay away for the papal visit? (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The media, certainly, are not indifferent to the Pope’s trip. But are the faithful?

Archbishop Bernard Longley meets travellers at a Mass in Walsingham last year

The travellers, from Ireland, say they hope to be blessed by the Pope but do not have tickets for the Mass

Annual seminar to focus on the interpretation of the Council

Sister Nirmala Joshi, former superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, releases doves as nuns celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth (CNS photo/ Deshakalayan Chowdh ur, pool via Reuters)

Pope praises her as a ‘model of Christian virtue’ while anniversary celebrations are held throughout the world

Pope Benedict XVI at his weekly general audience yesterday (Photo: CNS/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

Pope calls for end to killing in Somalia

Pontiff makes plea after rebels massacre 32 people in Mogadishu hotel

Michelle McManus, who will perform before the start of the papal Mass in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park (Photo: Anthony Harvey/PA)

Pop idol to perform for Pope

Michelle McManus, winner of the 2003 series of the television show Pop Idol, will sing for the Pope when he visits Scotland