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People huddle under umbrellas as they keep watch on the smoke stack (Photo: PA)

In St Peter’s Square, pilgrims are hopeful, excited, and a little anxious

Animals pay a visit to St Peter’s Square

Horses, cows, rabbits and peacocks were among the species present for the traditional blessing of St Anthony at St Peter’s Square

Benedict XVI at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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German president Joachim Gauck and Pope Benedict (AP)

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The Pope blesses those gathered at this morning's general audience (AP)

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Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful in St Peter's Square after his Urbi and Orbi blessing (PA photo)

Tens of thousands attend papal Mass in St Peter’s Square

Rare snowfall turns Vatican in a winter wonderland

Exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth (CNS photo/Daniele Colariet i, Catholic Press Photo)

Exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth claims that papal blessing released two men from possession

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Italian police keep campaigners out of the Vatican