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Venice debut prompted by Church’s wish to engage with contemporary artists

Benedict XVI takes a gondola across the Grand Canal in Venice (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

Benedict XVI says Christians must try to reflect the beautiful, life-giving qualities of water and not its destructive ones

During his visit to Venice, Pope Benedict XVI enjoyed a gondola ride that took him from St. Mark’s Square to the Basilica della Salute

Pope Benedict on a gondola ride in Venice yesterday (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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Michelangelo's Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel could well provoke a moment of awakening (Photo: PA)

Behind all the euphoria, another piece of good news: author Leo McKinstry announces his conversion after a spiritual awakening in Venice