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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

Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s home in Morningside, Edinburgh, where he will welcome Pope Benedict XVI for a private lunch (Photo: Peter Jennings)

Cardinal: visit will boost faith

Cardinal Keith O’Brien: Pope will remind Catholics in Britain how they should live their faith today

Susan Boyle says her faith is the 'backbone' of her life (Photo: Scottish Catholic Media Office)

Susan Boyle to sing for the Pope

Scottish star will sing “I Dreamed a Dream” before papal Mass at Bellahouston Park

The second volume of Jesus of Nazareth will be published on March 13 next year

Pope makes comments during Angelus address at Castel Gandolfo