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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the First Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he leads his Angelus prayer from the window of his private apartments in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican December 28, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the crowd gathered below in St. Peter's square during his Angelus prayers in the Vatican December 26, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI waves his faithful as he leads his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) Christmas Day message from the central balcony of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican December 25, 2008

Children bring offerings as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Christmas Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 25, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI lights a candle from the window of his private apartments at the Vatican December 24, 2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message during an audience to exchange Christmas wishes with cardinals and prelates, in the Clementine Hall, at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 22, 2008

Press conference of presentation of the calendar of the activities of the CCEE for 2009.In Rome December 18,2008.

Pope Benedict XVI greates (L) traditional bagpipes at the end of his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 17, 2008
 

Press conference of presentation of the published books from the Publisher Bookcase Vatican "Verso le origini.Una genealogia episcopale" of the Card. Angelo Sodano and "Riflessioni sul sacerdozio.Lettera a un giovane sacerdote" of the Card. Framcis Arinze.In Rome.December 16,2008

Pope Benedict XVI, framed by the branches of the Christmas tree, greets the faithful during the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008.
 

A 33-metre high and 120-year-old Christmas tree is lit during a ceremony in St-Peter's square at the Vatican, 13 December 2008. This year the tree, which is donated from a different part of Europe each year, came from the forests of Austria
 

Pope Benedict XVI waves at the end of a Mass for students of universities in Rome, inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.

Card. Renato Raffaele Martino speaks during the press conference of presentation of the Message of the Pope Benedicy XVI for the "World-wide day of the Peace" (1 January 2009).At the Vatican December 11, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (L) and Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano (R) attend a concert marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 10, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI leaves at the end of the Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 10, 2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI prays during the Immaculate Conception celebration prayer in Spain's central square in Rome December 8, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI waves at the end of the Immaculate Conception celebration prayer in Spain's central square in Rome December 8, 2008

Italian transgender and former communist lawmaker Vladimir Luxuria mimics a hanging, outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, during a candle-lit demonstration for gay rights, in Rome, Saturday Dec. 6, 2008.

Workers place decorations on the giant Christmas tree set up in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.

Vatican Fire Brigade during a ceremony for the patrons of the Vatican Firefighters, in the Vatican gardens, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008

People walk past workers erecting a 33-metre high and 120-year-old Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican early December 5, 2008. This year the tree, which is donated from a different part of Europe each year, came from the forests of Austria

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he celebrates his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican December 3, 2008

 

Pope Benedict XVI greats Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaska during their private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008

 

Pope Benedict XVI visits a statue of Pope Pio XII during his pastoral visit to the Roman basilica of San Lorenzo, for the 1750th anniversary of the martyrdom of the deacon Saint in Rome November 30, 2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI (C) leads the Vespri mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 29, 2008
 

Convention on the topic " The Word of God in the Liturgy". In Rome, November 29, 2008

Spanish tenor Placido Domingo during a Press Conference of presentation of a new albums songs of the Master Placido Domingo, inspired by poems penned by the late pope John Paul II.At the Vatican November 28, 2008.
 

Convention of study in occasion of 25° of the entrance in vigor of the Code of canon law.In Rome in Urbaniana University. November 27,2008.

Card. Tarcisio Bertone speaks during the Finmeccanicas Convention on the topic " The Science 400 years after Galileo Galilei.The value and the complexity ethic of the contemporary tecno-scientific search.Rome November 26, 2008

 

Catholicos Aram I, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church (See of Cilicia), during a press conference in Vatican Radio , Rome, November 26, 2008

 

Solar panels cover the roof of the Paul VI hall near the cupola of Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 26, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI (R) greets Catholicos Aram I, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church (See of Cilicia), after his general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican November 26, 2008
 

XIII Public session of the Papal Academies on the topic " University of the beauty: aesthetics and ethics to comparison". In Rome November 25,2008.

Pope Benedict XVI with His Holiness Aram I during a meeting at the Library of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican City.November 24,2008

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he leads his Angelus prayer from the window of his private apartments in Saint Peter Square at the Vatican November 23, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI, gestures, as he arrives for an audience for members of the diocese of the southern Italian town of Amalfi, in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008

Convention "One hundred Years to the service of the Consacrated Life" promoted from the Congregation for the Institutes of consecrated life and the Societies of apostolic life to Rome. November 22, 2008.

Colloquium on the topic "How Should we Teach Moral Theology?" Perspectives of Renewal in recent Proposals of Systematic exposition.In Rome November 21,2008.In the Papal Lateranense University.

Father James Duncan during a press Conference on the topic "The Question of "Chinese Rituals" A crash of cultures. In Rome in the Center For Union.November 20,2008.

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he celebrates his weekly general audience in St. Peter Square at the Vatican November 19, 2008

 

Card. Tarcisio Bertone during the Inauguration of the International bookcase " Benedict XVI" of the Vatican Publishing Bookcase .In Rome November 18 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he leads his Angelus prayer from the window of his private apartments in Saint Peter Square at the Vatican November 16, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI, right, looks on as he meets with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, at the Vatican, Thursday Nov. 13, 2008.

Press conference of presentation of the solemn commemorations in Vatican of the 60° Anniversary of "Universal declaration of the Rights of Man":Commemorative action and celebrativ Concert, directed from Master Inma Shara to the presence of Pope Benedict XVI (10 Decembers 2008). In Rome November 13, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI waves after his general audience in Saint Peter Square at the Vatican November 12, 2008.

Rev. F. Federico lombardi speaks during the press conference of presentation of XXIII the International conference on the topic " The Pastoral in the cure of sicks children " In Rome November 11,2008

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer, from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008.

Meeting at the Gregorian University in Rome November 6, 2008.
 

Convention in the 50° anniversary of the dead of the servant of God " Inheritance of the mastery of Pio XII" to Rome. November 6,2008.

Pope Benedict XVI greets Muslim delegation head Mustafa Ceric (R), the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, at the Vatican November 6, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI waves at the end of his general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican November 5, 2008

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (L) looks at a religious book with Prof Mustafa Ceric Gran Muffi of the Bosnia Erzegovina during a meeting at the Vatican November 4, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI leads a mass to commemorate cardinals and bishops who died this year, in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 3, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI visits the tomb of the late Pope John Paul II under Saint Peter's Basilica on All Saints Day at the Vatican November 2, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI delivers the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008

Cardinal Agostino Vallini celebrates a mass to commemorate the deads in the Verano's cemetery, Rome, November 1st, 2008

Pope Benedict recites the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, on All Saints' Day, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008.

Mons. Giuseppe Merisi, president of Italian Caritas, before the presentation of the " Static Dossier Immigration 2008". 18th Report" , cured from Italian Caritas, Caritas of Rome and Fondation Migrantes in Rome, 0ctober 30, 2008.

S.E. Card. Attilio Nicora speaks during the convention organized from the Foundation Justice and solidarity on the topic " From the debit to the peace, a duty for the future". In Rome October 31, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI (L) greets Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman during a meeting at the Vatican October 31, 2008.
 

 Pope Benedict XVI greets Jewish delegation leader Rabbi David Rosen (L) at the Vatican October 30, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI greets Card. Zenon Grocholewski after a mass for the Inauguration of the Academic year of the Papal Athenaeums Roman in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican October 30, 2008
 

 Press conference of presentation of a document of the Congregation for the Catholic Education : "Orientations for the use of the competences psychological in the admission and formation of the candidates to the priesthood" in Rome October 30, 2008.

Mons. Rino Fisichella and Card. Agostino Vallini during the Inauguration of the Academic year of the Papal Lateranense University in Rome October 29, 2008

  Pope Benedict XVI waves next unidentifire bishop as Msgr. Georg Ganswein speaks with Monsignor Parmeggiani Mauro during his general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican October 29, 2008

 

Pope Benedict XVI prays in front of Pope John XXIII's tomb to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the latter's election to the papacy in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican October 28, 2008

  Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega
Archbishop of Monterrey (México) takes possession of the Title of St.Maria della Presentazione , Rome Oct 27, 2008

 

Pope Benedict XVI leads a mass to celebrate the end of the Synod of the Bishops in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican October 26, 2008
 

  Faithfuls attends a mass celebrated by Cardinal Vicar Agostino Vallini in occasion of the pilgrimage of the Rome's diocese on the apostle Paul's tomb at Saint Paul outside the Walls in Rome, October 26 2008.

Press conference on the presentation of works of the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Bishops 'Syonod in Rome October 25, 2008.

  Bishops during the meeting of the Synod of the bishops at the Nervi Hall at the Vatican October 25, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican October 22,2008.
 

  Pope Benedict XVI prays during the meeting of the Synod of the bishops at the Nervi Hall in the Vatican October 21, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a Mass at the shrine city of Pompei, south of Naples, October 19, 2008

  Pope Benedict XVI with Bartolomeo I Ecumenical Patriarch during the celebration of Vespers in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.Vatican.October 18,2008.

Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, center, right, with hand to his face, the former personal secretary to Pope John Paul II, watch a movie on the life of Pope John Paul II, based on the recollections of his longtime private secretary, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008

  Press conference of presentation of the Relatio post disceptationem of XII the Genelaly Assembly Ordinary of the Synod of the Bishop.Rome In the Press Office to the Holy See in Rome.October 16,2008

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Poland, celebrates Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome , Oct.16,2008
 

  Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz during a news conference to promote a new documentary film on the life of the late Pope John Paul II in Rome October 15, 2008.

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves during his general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican October 15, 2008
 

  Signature of agreement of cooperation for the translation and the spread of the Bible between the Biblical federation Cattolica and United Bible Societies.. Rome In the Press Office to the Holy See in Rome.October 14,2008

Laborers of the Company Solarworld AG, during the installation of Solar Panel on the roof of Paul VI hall at the Vatican.Rome October 14,2008.

  A general view of Saint Paul Outside the Wall Basilica during a concert of the Austrian Wiener Philharmoniker directed by Christoph Eschenbach to lead from Pope Benedict XVI in Rome October 13, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates an open-air canonization ceremony of Sister Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, Gaetano Errico, Sister Maria Bernarda and Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran in St. Peter's square at the Vatican Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008.

 

  Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a Mass commemorating the 50th anniversary of Pius XII's death in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican October 9, 2008

 

Sr. Margherita Marchione during the presentation of the its book "Pio XII. The truth will make you free. Rome near the Radius Vatican October 8,2008.

 

Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino and Monsignor Agostino Marchetto speaks during the presentation for the next " 95° world day for the migrante and refugee " Oct..8,,2008

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves from his general audience in Saint Peter Square at the Vatican October 8, 2008
 

Cardinal Sfeir Nasrallah Pierre (L) leaves to the meeting of the Synod of the bishops at the Nervi Hall at the Vatican October 7, 2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI (L) greets Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen (R), Chief Rabbi of Haifa during the Synod of the Bishops led by Pope Benedict XVI October 6, 2008

Card. Marc Ouellet general reporter of the Synod of the Bishops, speaks during a press conference about presentation of the "Relatio ante disceptationem" of the XII General Assembly of the Synod of the Bishops.In the Press Office to the Holy See in Rome.October 6,2008

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during the opening meeting of the Synod of the bishops at the Nervi Hall in the Vatican October 6, 2008


 

Pope Benedict XVI holds an incense burner as he leads a mass to celebrate the opening of the Synod of the Bishop at Saint Paul Outside the Wall Basilica in Rome October 5, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano (R) on his arrival for a meeting at the Quirinale palace in Rome October 4, 2008.
 

Mons. Nikola Eterovic, General Secretary of the Synod of the Bishops, during the press conference on the development about the next Synod.In the Press Office to the Holy See in Rome.October 3,2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead his general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican October 1, 2008

 

Mons. Giuseppe Betori, general secretary of the CEI, during the press conference of presentation of the final official notice of the intense activities of Permanent the Episcopal Council of Italian Episcopal Conference to Rome near the Radius Vatican.September 30,2008.

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing from his window during his Angelus prayer at his summer residence of Castelgandolfo, on the outskirts of Rome, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008
 

Members of the Vatican police corps march during the celebration of the Vatican Gendarmerie and feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel, at the Pope's summer residence of Castelgandolfo September 27, 2008.

Convention on the topic " The Importance of science today Faith and reason on the test bench" promoted of the Association Carl Friedrich von Weizsacker near the Papal Gregoriana University.Rome September 26,2008.

Press conference of presentation of the " Instruction on the Advanced Institutes of Sciences Religious" by the Congregation for the Catholic Education of the Seminaries and the Institutes of Studies.In the Press Office to the Holy See in Rome September 25, 2008.
 25, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI leaves at the end of his general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican September 24, 2008

 

Pope Benedict XVI, at center, celebrates mass in Albano's cathedral, on the outskirt of Rome, during a ceremony to bless a new altar, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.
 

Convention on Pio XII organized from the foundation "Pave the way" to Rome Salviati Palace September 17,2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI walks as he leaves at the end of his general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican September 17, 2008.

 

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate his final mass at the Lourdes shrine in southwestern France, on September 15, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI during its speech to the French bishops in the Hemicycle of Saint Bernadette to Lourdes, September 14,2008.France
 

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates an eucharistic procession in Lourdes, southwestern France, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Lourdes shrine, southwestern France, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI waves from the Papamobile as he arrives to celebrate Mass at La Prairie in Lourdes on September 14, 2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI prays at the Grotto of the Apparitions, also called Grotto of Massabielle, on September 13, 2008 in the Sanctuary of Lourdes.
 

Catholic faithful take part in the Marian Procession of Light at the Rosary Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire) on September 13, 2008 in the Sanctuary of Lourdes.


 

Pope Benedict XVI delivers a speech during a visit to the French Institute as members listen in Paris September 13, 2008.

 

Pope Benedict XVI, celebrates an outdoors mass on the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.

Crowd of faithfuls joined in the public square of the Cathedral of Notre Dame for the beginning of the Torchlight procession of midnight that it will finish to the Esplanade of the Invalids. Paris September 12,2008

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates vespers at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on September 12, 2008.


 

Saïd Ali Koussay, président of GAIC kiss the hand of Pope Benedict XVI during the meeting at the College des Bernardins September 12, 2008 in Paris.

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he walks with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris September 12, 2008.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, welcomes Pope Benedict XVI, upon his arrival at Orly airport, south of Paris, Friday, Sept. 12, 2008.

Press conference of presentation of "Caravan missionary of the Peace" on the topic "Free the Word" in the Radius Vatican, Rome.September 11,2008.

Cardinal Antonio Innocenti, Emeritus President of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", was born on 23 August 1915 in Poppi, is died Sunday 7 September .
 

Pope Benedict XVI wawes to the faithful during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.
 

S.E Mons. Giuseppe Betori has been elect from Pope Benedict XVI, new Archbishop of Firenze.Rome September 08 , 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI lights a candle in front of the statue of Our Lady of Bonaria as he celebrates a Mass during a Pastoral visit in the Sardinian town of Cagliari September 7, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by bishops from Saint Egidio Community during his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican September 3, 2008


 

Freed French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt (R) meets Pope Benedict in a private audience at his summer residence of Castelgandolfo September 1, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his weekly general audience at the Vatican August 27, 2008.

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful during the Assumption festival at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome, August 15, 2008

 

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during his weekly general audience from his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome Aug 13, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI waves before leaving Bressanone where he spent his annual holidays on August 11, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI during its speech of dismissal in the courtyard of the Greater Seminary of Bressanone, 11 Mondays Aug, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during the Sunday noon Angelus prayer, in Bressanone, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI shows the certificate stating his honorary citizenship during a ceremony where he received the honorary citizenship of Bressanone, in this Northern Italian mountain resort, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.

 

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in procession to the meeting with the priests in the dome of Bressanone ,near Bolzano, northern Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI kisses a child as he arrives to pray a visit to the home of Josef Freinademetz a 19th century saint who died as a missionary in China, and to pray in the church devoted to him, in Oies, Alta Badia, Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithfuls during his Angelus prayer in Bressanone, near Bolzano, Italy, Sunday, August 03, 2008
 

Father Adolfo Nicolas General Preposito of the order of the Jesuits speaks during the eucharistic celebration in the memory of Saint Ingazio di Loyola, founder of the Company of Jesus in the roman church of the Jesus. 31 July, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI strolls in a garden with his brother Bishop Georg Ratzinger during his annual holiday in Bressanone, northern Italy July 31, 2008

Edio Costantini President of the Foundation John Paul II speaks during the press conference " Correre sulle Orme di San Paolo" Marathon Gerusalemme-Rome from the April 24 to June 21, 2009 in the hall Marconi of the Radius Vatican. Rome July 28,2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with the faithful as he arrives for his annual holidays in Bressanone, northern Italy, July 28, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki during a private visit in the summer residence of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome, July 25, 2008.

City of Bressanone where the Holy Father Benedict XVI will pass one period of vacations from the 28 July to 11 August 2008.
July 25,2008.

Pope Benedict XVI, claps his hands as he meets journalists on the flight from Sydney, Australia, to Rome at the end of his visit to Australia on the occasion of the World Youth Day, Monday, July 21, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI, seen inside his Pope mobile, arrives at Randwick Racecourse to celebrate the Final Mass at World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jesus speaks to Mary and John is perforJesus speaks to Mary and John is performed as part of Stations of the Cross at Barangaroo during World Youth Day Sydney 2008 on July 18, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.
dney, Australia.

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves at the conclusion of the Evening Vigil at Randwick Racecourse during World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, July 19 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates mass at the St. Mary Cathedral in Sydney on July 19 2008

Pope Benedict XVI meets young disadvantaged people at an event during World Youth Day (WYD) festivities in Sydney July 18, 2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI, top center, addresses pilgrims as The Stations of the Cross begin outside St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Friday, July 18, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI, center back, shakes hands with Sheikh Shardy who represents Australian Muslims at an inter-faith gathering during World Youth Day festivities, in Sydney, Australia, Friday, July 18, 2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI (C) listens to a welcome speech from Australia's senior Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell (R) in St Mary's Cathedral Crypt in Sydney July 18, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI sits with young people during a lunch at St. Mary Cathedral house in Sydney July 18, 2008.
 

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, left, Pope Benedict XVI and Mr. Rudd's wife Therese Rein, right, enjoy a look over Sydney Harbor during a visit to Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pilgrims gather at the Bangaroo harbor as Pope Benedict XVI, unseen, address the crowd in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, July 17, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI talks to an Australian Aborigine aboard a harbor cruise in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI kneels in front of the altar during his visit at the Mary MacKillop Memorial chapel in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, July 17, 2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI wears an Australian police hat during his meeting with a former Australian Police officer at the Kenthurst Study Center in Sydney, Wednesday, July 16, 2008.
 

Pope Benedict XVI strokes koala bear at Kenthurst Study Center in Sydney July 14, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI (R) and Ecumenical PatrYouths during the mass celebrates by Cardinal Vingt -Trois in the International Media Certer of Sydney, Monday, July 14, 2008
 

Cardinal Vingt -Trois celebrates the mass in the International Media Certer of Sydney, Monday, July 14, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI (R) and Ecumenical PatrHead of the Catholic Church in Australia Cardinal George Pell leads the World Youth Day opening mass in Sydney July 15, 2008.

 

Pope Benedict XVI and his personal secretary Georg Gaenswein, left,lsten a concert at the Kenthurst Study Centre, in Sydney, Monday, July 14, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI (R) and Ecumenical PatrPope Benedict XVI, center, and his personal secretary Georg Gaenswein, left, and Monsignor Alfred Xuereb walk holding their rosary at the Kenthurst Study Centre, in Sydney, Monday, July 14, 2008
 

Youths walk with flags at the Barangaroo East Darling Harbour in Sydney, Monday, July 14, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI (R) and Ecumenical PatrPope Benedict XVI walks by a lake at the Kenthurst Study Center in Sydney July 14, 2008


 

 

Card. Vicar Agostino Vallini celebrates the mass in the Church of Saint Maria in Traspontina.Roma July 13,2008.


 

Pope Benedict XVI (R) and Ecumenical PatrPope Benedict XVI looks on as he meets journalists during a press conference on the flight from Rome to Sydney, Australia, Saturday, July 12, 2008.

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI gestures during the Angelus prayer from his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome July 6, 2008.

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI (R) and Ecumenical PatrVatican Gendarmi poses in the Vatican with the new uniforms. Rome July 2 ,2008.


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI leaves at the end of his weekly general audience at the Paul VI Hall in Vatican July 2, 2008

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI (R) and Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I stand in front of the tomb of Saint Peter at the end of a solemn mass to celebrate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29, 2008.




 

Pope Benedict XVI during a solemn mass to celebrate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29, 2008


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI (L) and Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I arrive to lead the Vespri's ceremony at the St. Paolo's Basilica in Rome June 28, 2008.



 

 

Pope Benedict XVI meets with Rome's mayor Gianni Alemanno during a private audience at the Vatican June 28, 2008.

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI poses with Portugal President Anibal Cavaco Silva during a meeting at his private library, June 28 , 2008, in Vatican, Rome.



 

Pope Benedict XVI with previous Vatican tribunal head, Italian Cardinal Agostino Vallini,named to the high-profile as the pontiff's assistant for the diocese of Rome at the Vatican Friday, June 27, 2008.


 

Pope Benedict XVI caress a child after his weekly general audience at the Vatican Wednesday, June 25, 2008.


 

Pope Benedict XVI poses with the new Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, Matthew Festing (centre L) of Britain, and his entourage during their meeting at the Vatican June 23, 2008.

 

Conference for the Radius Catholic promoted from the Papal Council of the Social Communications.
June 19,2008 in Rome Papal University Urbaniana


 

Pope Benedict XVI poses with Congo's President Joseph Kabila Kabange during a meeting at his private library, June 19 , 2008, in Vatican, Rome.

 

Pope Benedict XVI, wearing a 'Saturno' hat, inspired by the ringed planet Saturn, acknowledges faithful during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 18, 2008.
 

U.S. President George W. Bush (L) exchanges gifts with Pope Benedict XVI in the medieval St John's Tower at the Vatican June 13, 2008.
 

S.E.Msgr Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, speaks during the press conference of Presentation of the Instrumentus Laboris of XII the Shareholders' meeting Ordinary of the Synod of the Bishops, in the Press Office to the Holy See in Rome June 12,2008.
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves the faithfull in St Peter's Square in the Vatican during his weekly audience on June 11, 2008.




 

Pope Benedict XVI delivering his speech at the diocese convention on 'Christ is Risen' at St. John the Lateran Basilica in Rome Monday, June 9, 2008
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI welcomes Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi on the occasion of their meeting at the Vatican, Friday, June 6, 2008



 

Press conference of presentation of the initiatives for the Year Paolino, near the center of the Radius Vatican, Rome, June 5,2008
 

 

S.E. Card. Jean-Louis Tauran speaks during the X Plenary Assembly of the Papal Council for the Interreligius Dialogue, on the topic " The dialogue in the truth and the charity: guidelines pastoral" near the center of the Ministry,Rome ,June 4,2008


 

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithfull as he arrives in St Peter's Square in the Vatican for his weekly audience on June 4, 2008
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful during the audience to the pilgrimage of Torino at The Paul VI Hall in Vatican, Rome June 2, 2008.


 

Pope Benedict XVI, next to a statue of Mary, delivers his message on the occasion of a Mass to celebrate the end of the month of May, dedicated by the Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary, in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday, May 31, 2008.
 

 

Card. Sanislaw Rylko (President of the Papal Council for the Laici), takes possession of Title of "Sacro Cuore di Gesù" Rome, May 30, 2008

 

Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by Bishops and Cardinals attending the Italian Episcopal Conference session at the Vatican May 29, 2008.
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican May 28, 2008
 

Card. J. Francis Stafford takes possession of the Title of St. Pietro in Montorio, Rome May 25, 2008
 

 

Card. Angelo Comastri takes possession of the Title of St. Salvatore in Lauro, Rome, May 24,2008
 

Pope Benedict XVI during the mass of suffrage for the Card. Bernardin Gantin, in Basilica Vatican, May 23,2008

 

Pope Benedict XVI takes part in a candlelit Corpus Domini procession between the basilicas San Giovanni in Laterano and Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome May 22, 2008.
 

Conference of Faculty of Communication of the University Catholic, promoted from the Papal Council of the Social Communications, on the topic " L' identity and the mission of a Faculty in the Communication Cattolica.A university look to the future of the communications with to all the Chiesa" in Vatican, Rome May 22,2008

 

Pope Benedict XVI caress a child after his weekly general audience at the Paul VI Hall in Vatican May 21, 2008
 

 

Giuseppe De Carli,Journalist RAI, during the presentation of its book " Benedictus" to Rome, in the Room Conference to it Elea.May 20,2008

 

 

Rev.do P.Federico Lombardi S.I., speaks during a press conference presenting the "Pavilion of the Holy See " to the Expo Zagaroza 2008 on the topic "Water and Sustainable Development", in the Press Office to the Holy See. Rome May 19, 2008.
 

 

Visit Pastoral of the Pope Benedict XVI to Savona and Genova May 17-18,2008

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful before celebrating a mass in Genoa's Piazza della Vittoria square, northern Italy, Sunday, May 18, 2008

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI looks at confetti falling during a mass with youths prior to his Angelus prayer, in Genova, Sunday, May 18, 2008.



 

 

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the holy mass at Piazza del Popolo in Savona May 17, 2008

 

 

Unidentifire bishop, put on a flower necklacee given to Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's square at Vatican before his weekly general audience on May 14, 2008.


 

 

Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, (President of the Papal Council "Cor Unum"), Takes possession of the Title of St.Lorenzo in Piscibus, Rome, May 11,2008.

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI holds the pastoral staff as he leads Pentecost Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 11, 2008

 

 

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, (Archbishop of Bombay in India), takes possession of the Title of St.Paolo of the Cross to"Corviale", Rome , May 10,2008.


 

 

S.S Karekin II,Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, receives a doctorate "honoris causa" in "the theology of youth pastoral care" from the Pontifical Salesian University., Rome, May 7,2008
 

 

An overview of Paul VI hall as Pope Benedict XVI attends a concert by the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra at the Vatican May 7, 2008




 

 

Pope Benedict XVI greets Supreme Patriarch Catholicos Karekin II of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church (L) as he leads his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican May 7, 2008


 

 

New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard stand at attention during the swearing in ceremony at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican May 6, 2008.




 

 

Vatican Swiss Guards are seen at the Vatican, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at the end of the ceremony held each May 6 to commemorate the day in 1527 when 147 Swiss Guards died protecting Pope Clement VII

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd gathered in Saint Peter's square before his Regina Coeli prayers at the Vatican May 4, 2008



 

 

The first day of the Azione Cattolica' (Italian Catholic Action) on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of it's foundation in Rome, May 1,2008

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI kneels to pray as he arrives to celebrate a rosary prayer at Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome May 3, 2008.
 



 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves a groups of Mexican music perform after his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 30, 2008.
 

 

 

New priests lie in front of Pope Benedict XVI as he leads a mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 27, 2008.
 



 

 

Pilgrims photograph the body of Padre Pio, an Italian saint, laying in repose inside a crystal casket in the crypt of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, Thursday, April 24, 2008
 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI and Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano (top R) attend a concert marking the third anniversary of the pontiff's election, at the Vatican April 24, 2008



 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves incense around the coffin of Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo during his funeral in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 23, 2008

 

 

The Yankee Stadium is pictured in this overall view as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a Mass in New York, April 20, 2008.


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI prays at Ground Zero in New York, April 20, 2008. Pope Benedict on Sunday made an emotional visit to Ground Zero, site of the World Trade Center felled in the Sept. 11 attacks, and prayed for the 3,000 victims, their families and an end to hate and violence.

 


 

Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, the head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family who campaigned against condoms and embryo experiments, has died aged 72. April 19, 2008





 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves before leaving St. Joseph's Seminary after a meeting with youth in Yonkers, New York April 19, 2008


 


 

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in a convoy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York to celebrate a Mass Saturday, April 19, 2008.



 


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during the visits at the Park East Synagogue in New York April 18, 2008.
 



 

 

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York April 18, 2008.


 

 

 
 

 

S.E Rev.ma Mons. Josè L.Redrado speaks during a conference on "Church and Health in the Word" in Rome, April 17, 2008





 

 



 

Pope Benedict XVI watches Bishop Dr. Jongmae Kenneth Park, of the Korean Buddhis Taego Order, after greeting him at an Interreligious Gathering at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, April 17, 2008.


 

 
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI addresses representatives of other religions at the Catholic University of America, Thursday, April 17, 2008






 

 




Pope Benedict XVI greets worshippers as he arrives to lead a Mass at the Nationals Park stadium in Washington, April 17, 2008.

 






 

 
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads a Mass at Nationals Park Stadium in Washington April 17, 2008






 

 




Pope Benedict XVI holds a vesper service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington April 16, 2008.
 






 

 
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI and U.S. President George W. Bush chat in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington April 16, 2008






 

 




Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by U.S President George W.Bush (L) as he arrives at the Andrews Air Force base outside Washington April 15, 2008
 






 

 
 

 

Presentation of the volume "La Slovacchia e la Santa Sede nel XX secolo" to Rome in the Radio center Vatican April 11, 2008






 

 




Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead his general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 9, 2008
 






 

 
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves after celebrating a mass at Saint Bartolomew Basilica on the Tiberina Island in Rome April 7, 2008






 

 




Cardinal Augustin Garcia-Gasco Vicente takes possession of the Title of San Marcello ,Rome, April 05,2008


 






 

 
 

Cardinal Theodoré Adrien Sarr takes possession of the Title of Santa Lucia a Piazza D'armi ,Rome, April 06,2008






 

 




Cardinal Farina Raffaele takes possession of the Title of St.Diaconia San Giovanni della Pigna ,Rome, April .05,2008

 






 

 
 

Most Reverend Donald W.Wuerl Achbishop of Washington D.C. speaks during a conference on " The Pope John Paul II Annual lecture on Interreligius Understanding " in Rome, April 4,2008






 

 




Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Pope John Paul II’s longtime personal secretary, speaks at the April 2 opening of the World Apostolic Congress on Divine Mercy at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, April 2,2008

 






 

 


Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead a mass to celebrate the third anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II in San Peter square at Vatican April 2, 2008.





 

 




Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges faithful during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 26, 2008






 

 

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the people as he delivers his Easter 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and to the World) benediction in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 23, 2008.





 

 




Pope Benedict XVI holds a candle as he celebrates an Easter Vigil mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 22, 2008





 

 

Pope Benedict XVI presides over the Stations of the Cross ceremony at Rome's Colosseum, on Good Friday in commemorating the crucifixion of Christ on March 21, 2008




 

 




Pope Benedict XVI unveils a crucifix as he celebrates the Holy Friday Passion of the Lord mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 21, 2008





 

 

Pope Benedict XVI dries the feet of a priest during the Cena Domini mass in Saint John Lateran Basilica in Rome March 20, 2008



 

 




Pope Benedict XVI blows inside an amphora containing holy oil during a Chrism Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, March 20, 2008





 

Pope Benedict XVI leads his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican March 19, 2008


 

 




Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a funeral service for Chiara Lubich founder of the Focolare movement,in the Basilica of Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome March. 18,2008





 

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican March 16, 2008.

 




 

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, Iraq, was kidnapped Feb. 29 in Mosul. Archbishop Rahho is pictured Nov. 12 ,2005 after a meeting with Chaldean Bishops that included Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad







 

 

Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement during a meeting in Rome, Oct 1997



 




 

Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican March 12, 2008.






 

Fra' Matthew Festing, 58, an Englishman, becomes the 79th Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, elected this morning by the Council Complete of State,Rome, March 11,2008



 

 




Father Leonardo Sapienza kisses Pope Benedict XVI's hands as his arrives to celebrates a mass at Saint Lawrence in Piscibus church during a visit to the International Youth Centre in Rome March 9, 2008





 

Pope Benedict XVI poses with Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg, during a meeting at the Vatican March 7, 2008


 

 




Fr. Adolfo Nicolás as new Father General, the Jesuit Congregation during a press conference for the closure of the General Congregation 35, Rome, March 7,2008






 

Bartolomeo I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople during his visit in the Pontifical Oriental Institute , Rome, March 6,2008

 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI (R) embraces Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I during a private meeting at the Vatican March 6, 2008







 

Dr.Ibrahim Kalin, Seta Fondation, Ankara,Turkey, speaks during a press conference in Rome, March 5,2008

 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican March 05, 2008.







 

Pope Benedict XVI (L) receives the credentials from new U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon during a private meeting at the Vatican February 29, 2008
 

 

 

A girl speaks with Pope Benedict XVI following a prayer for university students in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican March 1, 2008






 

Pope Benedict XVI looks on during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 27, 2008.
 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass at Santa Maria Liberatrice church in Rome February 24, 2008





 

 

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008.

 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing as he arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for a special audience to present and deliver to students of the Roman Diocese a letter on the 'urgent needs of education', Saturday, Feb. 23, 2007




 

 

Pope Benedict XVI meets the newly elected Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolas (L) at the Vatican February 21, 2008


 

 

 

Bishop Elio Sgreccia, vice president of the Pontifical Academy for Life speaks during the presentation of the International Congress " beside sick the incurable one and to dying: ethical guidelines and acts " to be held Feb.25-26 in Rome. Feb.20,2008








 

 

U.S. Cardinal Daniel D. DiNardo takes possession of the Title of St.Eusebius,Rome, Feb.20,2008

 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 20, 2008







 

 

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state speaks during a press conference presenting the Encyclopedia of the prayer in Lateran University, Rome 19,2008
 

 

 

Cardinal John Njue, metropolitan archbishop of Nairobi ,Kenya, takes possession of the Titular chrch of the Title of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ,Feb. 17,2008






 

 

Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, takes possession of the Title of St.Andrew al Quirinale, Rome Feb.17, 2008

 

 

 

Tens of thousands of pilgrims carrying candles take part in the rosary procession around the Sanctuaries of Our La<<Selection in Document>>dy of Lourdes in Lourdes, France, Feb. 10, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Mary's first appearance to St. Bernadette





 

 

  Cardinal Angelo Comastri leads pilgrims carrying Saint Bernardette's relics in occasion of the 150th anniversary of Mary's first appearance to St. Bernadette Soubirous in Saint Peter's Square on Feb.11,2008


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Slovenia's President Danilo Turk (L) at the Vatican February 6, 2008




 

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Ash Wednesday at the Basilica of St Sabina, on February 06, 2008, in Rome, Italy.


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience at the Vatican Feb 06, 2008.



 

Cardinal Franc Rode celebrates a mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 2, 2008
 

Cardinal Lubomyr Husar of Kiev-Halych, Ukraine, celebrates the Divine Liturgy at the Santa Sophie in Rome Feb2,2008


 

Pope Benedict XVI poses for a group photo with clergy while visiting the Romano Maggiore seminary in Rome February 1, 2008

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn speaks during the presentation of the first Wold Apostolic congress of Mercy to be held April 2-6 in Rome. Jen 31,2008

 

Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience at the Vatican January 30, 2008.

Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes speaks during a press conference of the presentation of Pope Benedict XVI's lenten message, Rome, Jan. 29,2008
 

  Cardinal Giovanni Coppa, apostolic nuncio, takes possession of the new diaconate of St. Linus. Rome Jan 27th, 2008.

 

Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican City State, takes possession of the diaconate of St. Mary Liberatrice a Monte Testaccio. Rome, Jan 27th, 2008

  Pope Benedict XVI looks at a white dove released by children from the window of his private apartment at the end of the Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican January 27, 2008.

 

Pope Benedict XVI leads a Vesper prayer at Saint Paul Basilica in Rome January 25, 2008

 

  Newly elected Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolas addresses a news conference at the order's headquarters in Rome January 25, 2008.
 

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications speaks during a press conference presenting the Message for the 42nd World Day of Social Communication, in the Press Office to the Holy See. Rome Jan 24th, 2008.
 

  Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican January 23, 2008

 

 

Italian bishop Angelo Bagnasco, the new head of the Italian Bishops' Conference, speaks during a plenary session in Rome Jan 21, 2008


 

  Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, metropolitan archbishop of Barcelona, Spain, takes possession of the title of St. Sebastian at the Catacombs. Rome, Jan 20, 2008
 

 

Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo speaks during a briefing in the press office of the Holy See. Rome, Jan. 21, 2008

 

  Pope Benedict XVI meets with East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta (L) at the Vatican January 21, 2008


 

 

Spanish father Adolfo Nicolas celebrates a mass at Church of Jesus in Rome, 20 January 2008
 

  A large crowd attends the weekly Angelus prayer by Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's square at the Vatican January 20, 2008

 

 

Cardinal Angelo Comastri pets a horse in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican January 17, 2008.

  Former Catholic Archbishop, Emmanuel Milingo, from Zambia presented his book 'Confessions of an Excommunicated' at a Mondadori Bookstore near the Trevi Fountain Square in Rome, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008
 

 

Cardinal Sean Brady concelebrates his first mass as he takes possession of his titular church of Saint Cyricus and Julitta in Rome, Jan 16th, 2008.
 

  Pope Benedict XVI during a general audience he held at the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008
 

 Pope Benedict XVI speaks with Benin's President Boni Yayi during a private audience at the Vatican January 12, 2008
 

  Cardinal Urbano Navarrete S.J. takes possession of the new diaconate of St. Pontian on Sunday Jan. 13th, 2008

 

 Pope Benedict XVI celebrates baptisms in the Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, January 13, 2008 in Vatican City

 

  Ceremony to start the Vatican's judicial year in the Vatican's Court Palace, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008.

 

 

 Pope Benedict XVI listens as Rome Mayor and leader of the new Democratic Party Walter Veltroni, unseen, delivers his address, during a private meeting at the Vatican, Thursday Jan. 10, 2008

 

  Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican January 9, 2008


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI (C) attends an audience with Vatican-accredited diplomats at the Vatican January 7, 2008
 

  Former superior general of Jesuits Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach poses after a mass opening the thirty-fifth general congregation in Jesus Church, in Jesus Place, Rome, 07 January 2008

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Angelus prayer from the window of his private apartments in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican January 6, 2008


 

  Pope Benedict XVI leads the Epiphany of the Lord Holy Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2008
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI (C) visits nuns at the Missionaries of Charity order at the Vatican January 4, 2008


 

 

  Pope Benedict XVI leads the general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican January 2, 2008

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI conducts his weekly Angelus prayers in St Peter's square at the Vatican January 1, 2008



 

 

  Pope Benedict XVI greets children as he celebrates a mass to mark the World Day of Peace in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2008
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the First Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2007



 

 

  Pope Benedict XVI blesses his faithful as he leads his Angelus prayer from his private apartment's window in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican December 26, 2007


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI blesses his faithful as he leads his Urbi et Orbi message from the central balcony of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican December 25, 2007.


 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Midnight Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 25, 2007
 




 

 

Pope Benedict XVI holds a candle as he appears at the window of his private apartment following a ceremony for the unveiling of the Vatican nativity scene in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican December 24, 2007.

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI receives Christmas greetings from the Roman Curia during an audience in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. Rome Dec.21, 2007




 

 

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France attends a ceremony at Saint John in Lateran Basilica in Rome December 20, 2007.
 

Pope Benedict XVI meets France's President Nicolas Sarkozy in a private audience at the Vatican December 20, 2007.


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI (L) meets France's President Nicolas Sarkozy in a private audience at the Vatican December 20, 2007.


 

French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, for an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI salutes the faithful and pilgrims during his weekly general audience inside the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007.


 

Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custodian of the Holy Land, and Bishop Veglio during a briefing on "The situation of Christians in the Holy Land" in the press office of the Holy See. Rome, Dec 17th, 2007


 

 



Pope Benedict XVI gestures as he arrives to lead his Angelus prayer from the window of his private apartment at the Vatican, December 16,2007



 

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass during his visit to the church of St. Mary of the rosary in Rome, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007


 

 



Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Card. Alfons Maria Stickler’s funeral in St.Peter’s Basilica. Card. Stickler was the oldest living cardinal. Rome Dec.14th, 2007



 

The lights are lit on the Christmas Tree in St.Peter's Square. Rome, Dec. 14th, 2007


 

 



The Dalai Lama gives a lecture at Rome's Auditorium hall. The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, stopped in Rome for an annual summit of peace laureates organized by a foundation headed by former Soviet leader Gorbachev. Rome Dec. 14, 2007





 

Card. William Joseph Levada presented the Doctrinal Note on some Aspects of Evangelization during the press conference with Card. Ivan Dias, Card. Francis Arinze and Mons. Angelo Amato, in the Press office of the Holy See. Rome Dec 14th, 2007

 

 



Pope Benedict XVI greets a student of a Roman Catholic University at the end of a mass celebrated by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, not in picture, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007





 

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone blesses outside the new offices of the Vatican Publishing House at the Vatican , Rome, Dec.13,2007
 

 



Pope Benedict XVI kisses a child during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 12, 2007




 

Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace during a press conference presenting Pope Benedict XVI's message for the 41st World Day of Peace , Rome, Dec 11,2007

 

 



British actor Michael York narrates portions of Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz' book, "A Life with Karol," in St. Peter's Square. The book is about the life and ministry of Pope John Paul II, told by Cardinal Dziwicz, who was his personal secretary for almost 40 years. A Polish producer is turning the book into both a TV mini-series and a film for theatrical release. Rome Dec. 11th, 2007



 

Pope Benedict XVI prays during the Immaculate Conception celebration prayer in Spain's central square in Rome December 8, 2007

 

 

 

Roman fireman Felice Minelli lays a garland of flowers on the Virgin Mary statue at the Spanish Steps in Rome, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007



 

Pope Benedict XVI gestures as he arrives to lead his Angelus prayer from the window of his private apartment at the Vatican, December 8,2007

 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI greets Metropolitan Kirill before their meeting at the Vatican December 7, 2007




 

 

  Pope Benedict XVI (L) meets Polish's Prime Minister Donald Tusk during their meeting at the Vatican December 7, 2007



 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI (R) meets Albanian's President Bamir Topi during their meeting at the Vatican December 6, 2007



 

 

 Workers erect a massive fir tree from northern Italy's alpine Val Badia valley, in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2007



 




Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 5, 2007




 

New cardinal Leonardo Sandri during the taking possession of his titular church of Santi Biagio e Carlo ai Catinari, during a ceremony, in Rome, Sunday, Dic. 02, 2007


 




Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007



 

Pope Benedict XVI meets Knights of Malta Grand Master Fra Andrew Bertie during a mass celebrated at the Roman Hospital "San Giovanni Battista" of S.M.H.O in Rome, 02 December 2007.


 




Pope Benedict XVI celebrates mass during a Vespers ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007





 

Cardinal Bertone speaks during the opening day of the Catholic NGO forum. Rome, Nov 30th, 2007

 




A view of the text of the 'Spe Salvi' (Saved by Hope) encyclical letter, signed by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, Friday Nov. 30, 2007.



 

Pope Benedict XVI (L) signs his encyclical in a photo released at the Vatican November 30, 2007.

 




Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa meets Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican November 29, 2007






 

Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino during the press conference for the presentation of the Pope message for the 94th world day of the Pontifical Cauncil for Migrans and travelers , Rome, Nov. 28,2007

 




Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 28, 2007.





 

New cardinal John Patrick Foley celebrates a mass, during the taking possession of his titular church, San Sebastiano al Palatino, during a ceremony, in Rome, Nov. 27, 2007
 




New cardinal Angelo Bagnasco kisses a cross, a gesture which symbolizes the taking possession of his titular church, Grande Madre di Dio, during a ceremony, in Rome, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2007




 

Pope Benedict XVI waves at the end of a special audience to thank new cardinals, in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 26, 2007




Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful at the end of a Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican November 25, 2007



 

 

 A newly elevated cardinal attends a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI, seen in the background wearing yellow, in which he gave each new cardinal a golden ring, inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007


 




Pope Benedict XVI during a consistory inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007


 

Pope Benedict XVI is saluted by a Swiss guard at the end of a session of prayer and reflection with the College of Cardinals, at the Vatican Friday Nov. 23, 2007

 




Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican November 21, 2007.

 

Concert by Ennio Moricone at the Vatican, November 20, 2007
 




Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski speaks during a press conference presenting the document " Educating Together in Catholic Schools" by the Congregation for Catholic Education, Rome, Nov.20,2007



 

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during his weekly Angelus prayers overlooking Saint Peter's square at the Vatican November 18, 2007.

 




Mexican Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan , president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry speaks during a press conference for the XXII International Conference on " The Pastoral cauncil for the sick and elderly " Nov 14, 2007


 

Pope Benedict XVI descends the Basilica's steps during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday Nov. 14, 2007
 




Mons.Jacques Perrier boshop of Tarbes and Lourdes speaks during a press conference for the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Lady of Lourdes, held in the Holy See press office, Rome, Nov.13,2007

 

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during his weekly Angelus prayers over Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican November 11, 2007
 

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Pope Benedict XVI during an audience for Italy's religious brotherhoods at the Vatican 10 November 2007.



 

Pope Benedict XVI (R) offers a gift to Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza during their meeting at the Vatican November 8, 2007


 

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Romania's Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu (R) meets Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican November 7, 2007



 

Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby as he is driven through the crowd at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007



 

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (L) meets with Pope Benedict XVI (R) at the Vatican November 6, 2007.



 

  Mons.Gianfranco Ravasi speaks during a press conference presenting the International Congress entitled " Ontogenesis and Human Life " in the Vatican Press Office, Rome, Nov.6,2007


 

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Archbishop Angelo Comastri poses before the presentation of his volume "L'Angelo mi disse. Autobiografia di Maria" held at the Augustinianum Institute. Rome, Nov.5, 2007


 

  Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass to commemorate cardinals who died during the year 2007 in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 5, 2007



 

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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead his Angelus prayer from the window of his private apartment at the Vatican in this November 4, 2007

 

  Pope Benedict XVI prays on St. Peter's tomb at the Vatican 02 November 2007.



 

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Cardinal Camillo Ruini celebrates a mass to commemorate the deads, Verano's cemetery, Rome, November 01, 2007
 

  Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing as he attends the Angelus prayer from a window of his private apartment in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican November 01, 2007

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves from his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican October 31, 2007.

 

  Gianmaria Vian, the new director of the Vatican's newspaper Osservatore Romano poses in his new office in the Vatican, Rome, Oct.29,2007
 

 

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone celebrates a mass for 498 victims of religious persecution during the Spanish Civil war,  at St. Peter's basilica in the Vatican, 29 October 2007.
 

  Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte Frutos (L) and his wife Gloria Maria Penayo Solaeche (R) pose with Pope Benedict XVI during their private meeting at the Vatican October 29, 2007.

 

 

Angelus prayers after a mass beatification ceremony for Spanish civil war victims at the Vatican October 28, 2007.



 

  Tens of thousands of Spanish pilgrims crowd St Peter's square for a mass beatification ceremony at the Vatican October 28, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI attends a classical music concert by Bayerischer Rundfunk at the Vatican, October 27, 2007


 

  The beatification ceremony of Polish nun Mother Celina Borzecka, founder of the Resurrectionist Sisters, at San Giovanni in Laterano basilica in Rome, October 27, 2007


 

Pope Benedict XVI talks to Iceland's Prime Minister  Gerard H. Haarde during a private audience at the Vatican, Rome, October 26, 2007

 

  Pope Benedict XVI arrives at the end of the mass celebrated by Cardinal Grocholewski Zenon for the beginning of the academic year of ecclesiastic universities at the Vatican ,Rome,Oct.25,2007




 

Pope Benedict XVI talks with the Presidency Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zeljko Komsic during a private audience at the Vatican October 25, 2007

 

  A press conference for the presentation of "Processus contra Templarios" volume, held in the Sala Vecchia del Sinodo, Vatican City, Oct 25th, 2007



 

Pope Benedict XVI waves during his weekly general audience at Saint Peter's square at the Vatican October 24, 2007

 

  Gianmaria Vian the new chief editor of the Osservatore Romano , the Vatican's newspaper, poses in his house, Rome Oct 22,2007



 

Pope Benedict XVI during a mass celebrated in Naples' Piazza Del Plebiscito, southern Italy, 21 October 2007
 

  Pope Benedict XVI greets Central African Republic President Francois Bozize (L) on his arrival during their private audience at the Vatican October 20,2007





 

Pope Benedict greets Tanzania's President Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (L) and his wife during their private audience at the Vatican October 19, 2007.

 

Pope Benedict XVI and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet exchange gifts during a private audience in the Vatican Library, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007.





 

S.E.Mons Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Agra, was nominated cardinal today during Pope Benedict XVI's weekly audience in St. Peter's Square, Rome Oct.17,2007 Gracias.is one of the 23 new cardinals the pontiff will elevate in a solemn ceremony next Nov. 24.

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful and pilgrims during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007




 

In the same hour of the death of Pope John Paul II, April 2, 2007, this photograph shows flames creating an image resembling the late Pope. The photo was taken by a young Polish man at exactly 9.37pm. On that day, the village people of Beskid Zywiecki in Poland gathered on Matyska mountain to pray together. This is where the young Gregorz. The news was just released by Korazym.org through the Vatican Service News. Rome Oct.15, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing as he attends the Angelus prayer from a window of his private apartment in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican October 14, 2007



 

Pope Benedict XVI, in white center, walks towards the restored Apostolic Palace bronze portal at the Vatican, Friday Oct. 12, 2007.
 

Friendly match between AC Ancona and a team consisting of a selection of the best players from the Clericus cup , Rome, Oct. 10,2007


 

Pope Benedict XVI greets faithful at the end of his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican October 10, 2007.
 

Depicted the front page of the 2008 Pope Benedict XVI calendar, by the Osservatore Romano photo service. The photo was released by the Vatican,Oct.3rd 2007, by the Osservatore Romano photo service. All the calendar photos show the Pontiff pictured during a private moments in his holidays in Lorenganzo di Cadore last July



 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican October 3, 2007

Members of the Vatican police corps march during their swearing-in ceremony next to St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007


 

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during the traditional Angelus noon prayer from the balcony of his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the hills overlooking Rome, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007

 

Pope Benedict XVI sits during a bishop ordination mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican September 29, 2007.

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves at the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass in Velletri, south of Rome, September 23, 2007
 

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone receives a personalized suit and the Clericus Cup from President of Italian Sport Centre Edio Costantini, September 21, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he is driven through the crowd during his weekly general audience in St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI greets faithful during the Angelus prayer from his window at his summer palace in Castel Gandolfo, on the outskirts of Rome, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007

 

Pope Benedict XVI meets Sudan President Omar al-Bashir during a private audience at the Vatican, 14 September 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful upon his arrival in St. Peter's square for his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007
 




Mgr. Alfred Xuereb has been appointed as new secretary by Pope Benedict XVI replacing Mgr. Don Mietek who served as assistant personal secretary to Pope John Paul II, Rome, Sept,11,2007



 

 

Pope Benedict XVI is seen on a screen at a public viewing spot as he leads a holy mass at St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna September 9, 2007


 


Pope Benedict XVI leads a rain-drenched mass in Mariazell September 8, 2007
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the spectators during a liturgical opening ceremony at the 'Am Hof' square in central Vienna, Austria, on Friday Sept. 7, 2007

 


Pope Benedict XVI (L) greets Israel's President Shimon Peres before their meeting at his summer residence in Castelgandolfo September 6, 2007
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves at the end of his general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican September 5, 2007.



 


Overview of the grandstand for the upcoming pope visit in front of the basilica in Mariazell, Austria, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007. Pope Benedict XVI will visit Austria from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI leaves the Montorso field in Loreto after celebrating mass, 02 September 2007

 


Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives to lead his weekly Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, August 29, 2007

 

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful from the balcony of his summer residence in Castelgandolfo, on the outskirts of Rome, as he arrives to lead a special audience of young people from the diocese of Madrid August 9, 2007.


 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican August 8, 2007

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful during the Angelus prayer from his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome August 5, 2007


 

Pope Benedict XVI during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican August 1, 2007.
 

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful during the Angelus prayer from his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, July 29, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI leaves the mountain home where he spent three weeks of private holiday in the Dolomite town of Loranzago di Cadore near the Austrian border July 27, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI visits the Santa Orsola church in Vigo di Cadore, near Lorenzago di Cadore in northern Italy, 25 July 2007

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves during his visit to " Santa Orsola" in Vigo of Cadore, near Lorenzago di Cadore 25 July 2007

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI prays during a visit to "Madonna della Salute " in Domegge, Lorenzago di Cadore, northern Italy July 23, 2007


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves during his visit to " Santa Giustina Martire" in Auronzo, near Lorenzago di Cadore 24 July 2007


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI prays during a visit to "Madonna della Salute " in Domegge, Lorenzago di Cadore, northern Italy July 23, 2007


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI poses with Cardinal Zen ze-kiun during his Sunday Angelus celebrated at Calvi's square in Lorenzago di Cadore 22 July 2007.

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves from a car as he comes back at his holiday's home from a walk in the Parco dei Sogni, Dreams' Park, near Lorenzago di Cadore in the Italian Alps, northern Italy, 20 July 2007
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI sits outside his holiday's house at Mirabello castle in Lorenzago di Cadore, northern Italy, July 19, 2007.

 

Pope Benedict XVI taking a leisurely walk in Danta di Cadore , during his holidays in Lorenzago di Cadore, northern Italy 17 July 2007.

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI during the traditional Angelus prayer in the 19th century Mirabello castle in Lorenzago di Cadore, near Belluno, Italy, Sunday, July 15, 2007

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI taking a leisurely walk in Stabie , near the Mauria path , during his holidays in Lorenzago di Cadore, northern Italy 12 July 2007.

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by children while walking at his holiday retreat in Lorenzago di Cadore, northern Italy July 11, 2007.


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves faithful as his arrives for his annual holiday in Loranzago of Cadore, north of Italy, July 9,2007


 

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican July 4, 2007.

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful at the end of a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican June 30, 2007.
 

Pope Benedict XVI during a solemn mass to celebrate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29, 2007.



 

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Vespri's mass at the St. Paolo's Basilica in Rome June 28, 2007


 

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston kisses the hand of Pope Benedict XVI at the end of his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 27, 2007


 

Pope Benedict XVI leafs through an ancient volume, part of the collection of books of the secret archives, during his visit, Monday, June 25, 2007

 

Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by the Grand Master of the Order of Malta, Prince Fra' Andrew Bertie (L) during a private audience at the Vatican June 22, 2007


 

Pope Benedict XVI meets Mar Dinkha IV (L), head of the Assyrian Church of the East, an independent Christian Church with members in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran, at the Vatican June 21, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI prays during the weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 20, 2007


 

Pope Benedict XVI, greets faithful as he leaves the courtyard below Assisi's St. Francis Basilica, central Italy, after he celebrated a holy Mass, Sunday, June 17, 2007

 

Pope Benedict XVI, right, and the Archbishop Chrysostomos II meet at the Vatican, Saturday June 16, 2007.

 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves Saint Peter's square at the Vatican after leading his weekly general audience June 13, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI speaks as Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini listens during the opening day of Rome's dioceses ecclesiastic meeting at St. John in Lateran Basilica, in Rome, Monday, June 11, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI waves at faithful from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during the Angelus prayer, Sunday, June 10, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI meets US President George W. Bush at his private library, June 9, 2007 in Vatican City.

 

Pope Benedict XVI takes part in a candle-lit Corpus Domini procession, between the basilicas San Giovanni in Laterano and Santa Maria Maggiore, in Rome June 7, 2007

 

Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 6, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI exchanges gifts with Mexico's President Felipe Calderon (L) during their meeting at the Vatican June 4, 2007.

 

Pope Benedict XVI greets the President of Philippine Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (L) in his private appartament at The Vatican 04 June 2007.

 

Pope Benedict XVI (C) arrives 03 June 2007, in St.Peters square to celebrate a canonisation mass 03 June 2007.
 

Pope Benedict XVI blesses a photo of four-year-old abducted British girl Madeleine McCann, while meeting her parents Gerry (R) and Kate (2nd R) McCann, after his weekly general audience at the Vatican May 30, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful as he arrives for the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday May 30, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI, surrounded by prelates and Italian local authorities, attends an oratory concert 'Resurrexi' offered by the Italian Bishops Conference(CEI) at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 23, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI wears a 'saturno hat', inspired by the ringed planet Saturn, to shield himself from the sun as he waves pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May. 23, 2007.

Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, the new head of the Italian bishops' during the opening 57° general assembly with Italian bishops at the Vatican May 21,2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithfuls during his Angelus prayer at the Vatican May 20, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI looks on during the inauguration ceremony of the V Conference of Latin American and the Caribbean Bishops in Aparecida, Brazil, Sunday, May 13, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates an open air mass in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil's national saint, in the city of Aparecida, 165 km (103 miles) outside of Sao Paulo, May 13, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI embraces children as he visits the Fazenda Esperanca drug rehabilitation center in Guaratingueta, near the Aparecida sanctuary in Sao Paulo State, May 12, 2007.

People take part in Family Day at Saint John Lateran Square in Rome May 12, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with Brazilian bishops inside the Se Cathedral in downtown Sao Paulo May 11, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a canonization Mass at the Campo de Marte airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 11, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with Brazilian youths at the Pacaembu soccer stadium in Sao Paulo May 10, 2007.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with Sao Paulo State Governor Jose Serra (L), who he beat in the 2006 presidential elections, as Pope Benedict XVI watches during the presentation of a postal stamp commemorating the Pope's visit to Brazil, at the Bandeirantes Palace in Sao Paulo May 10, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, and First Lady Marisa Leticia after his arrival to the air base in Sao Paulo, Wednesday, May 9, 2007.

A hostess welcomes Pope Benedict XVI on board as he climbs the stairs to his plane at Rome's Fiumicino International airport before leaving for Brazil May 9, 2007.

One of the new thirty eight new recruits of the Vatican 's elite Swiss Guard gestures during a swearing in ceremony in Paul VI hall at the Vatican, May 6, 2007.

The day of swearing-in ceremony of Swiss Guards, in the photo Swiss Guards taking the armours at the Vatican, May 6, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd during his weekly Angelus address over St Peter's square at the Vatican, May 6, 2007.

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, attends a mass for the new members of the Swiss Guards corps at the Vatican, May 6, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI meets Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, ex-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, during a private audience at the Vatican, May 4, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican May 2, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI meets Albert Pintat Santolaria, Prime Minister of Andorra, during a private audience at the Vatican, April 30, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd during his weekly Angelus address over St Peter's square at the Vatican, April 29, 2007.
 

Pope Benedict XVI ordained 22 men on Sunday, April 29, 2007 in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
 

Pope Benedict XVI meets President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus at the Vatican Library, April 28, 2007.

S.E.Msgr Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, speaks during a presentation briefing about next Synod of Bishop, at the Vatican, April 27, 2007.

Mons Marcelo Sànchez Sorondo and Mary Ann Glendon (R), president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, speaks at a press conference for the next plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, at the Vatican, April 26, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI kisses a children during his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican April 25, 2007.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Pope Benedict XVI pose during their meeting in the pontiff's private library at the Vatican April 24, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI prays before the remains of St Augustine during a visit to the northern Italy city of Pavia April 22, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass in Vigevano, northern Italy, Saturday, April 21, 2007. The pontiff is in Vigevano on the first of a two-day visit during which he will also visit the nearby town of Pavia.

Pope Benedict XVI meets UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at his private library, April 18, 2007 in Vatican City.

Pope Benedict XVI waves the faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican April 18, 2007.

Father Giustino Casciano (R), custodian of the S.Agostino' relics in Pavia, during the press conference for the presentation of Pope Banedict XVI's Apostolic Voyages to Vigevano-Pavia at the Vatican, April 17, 2007.

Germany's Stuttgart Radiophonic orchestra performs a special concert in honour of Pope Benedict XVI 80th birthday at Paul VI hall at Vatican April 16, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful, who are wearing traditional Bavarian clothing, during his birthday mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 15, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI looks at a copy of his new book 'Jesus of Nazareth' presented to him at the Vatican April 13, 2007.

A nun leafs through an Italian edition of Pope Benedict XVI's first book as pope 'Jesus of Nazareth', before its presentation at the Vatican, on Friday, April 13, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI waves the faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during his weekly general audience, Wednesday, April 11, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI waves the faithful during his Easter Monday Regina Coeli prayer from his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, near Rome April 9, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI delivers the Easter 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and the world) benediction in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 8, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI during the Sunday Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 8, 2007


 

Pope Benedict XVI holds a candle as he leads the Easter Vigil service in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 7, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI holds the cross as he leads the traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) at the Colosseum in Rome April 6, 2007.

 

Cardinal Piero Marini (R) unveils a cross as Pope Benedict XVI attends Passion of the Christ service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 6, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of a worshipper during the beginning of the Paschal Triduum Mass of the Last Supper at the St. John in Lateran Basilica in Rome April 5, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Chrismal Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 5, 2007.

A pilgrim gives a zucchetto to Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican April 4, 2007.

Msgr. Giuseppe Betori, secretary general of the CEI, speaks during a press conference at Vatican Radio press hall, Apr.3, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI unveils a bust of the late Pope John Paul II during a benediction ceremony, held on the second anniversary of his death, at the Vatican April 2, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in memory of the late Pope John Paul II on the second anniversary of his death, at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Monday, April 2, 2007.

A Vatican worker seals boxes of documents after a mass marking the end of the first phase of the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II, the last step before sainthood, at San Giovanni in Laterano basilica in Rome April 2, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI holds a palm frond as he leads the Palm Sunday holy mass in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican April 1, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI greets a children as he arrives for an audience of an association of small business owners, at the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican March 31, 2007.

Soeur Marie Simon Pierre (R), l'Institut des Petites Soeurs des Maternités catholiques, cured of Parkinson's disease after praying to the late Pope John Paul II, speaks with journalist during a press conference in Bouches-du-Rhône, France, March 30, 2007.

Cardinal Paul Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture speaks before the concert "The Passion According to Matthew" composed by Russian Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeev, in Rome, March 29, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI leaves a confessional booth during the celebration of the penance sacrament with the youth of the Rome's diocese in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 29, 2007.

Cardinal Paul Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture speaks during a press conference for the presentation of "Mattew's passion" concert in Rome, March 28, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican March 28, 2007.

Bishop Slawomir Oder (R), a supporter of the process to beatify Pope John Paul II, placing the late pontiff further along the road to sainthood, talks with journalists during a press conference to illustrate the completion of the first stage of the fast-track process to beatify the late pontiff at Rome's Vicariate 27 March 2007

Italian bishop Angelo Bagnasco, the new head of the Italian Bishops' Conference, speaks during the first plenary session in Rome March 26, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd at the start of his weekly Angelus address over St Peter's square at the Vatican March 25, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass during his visit to the church of 'Santa Felicita e figli martiri' (St. Felicita and Martyrs Sons) on the outskirts of Rome Sunday, March 25, 2007.

Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Ornaghi, Rector of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, speaks during the conference "Values and Perspectives for Europe" promoted by COMECE European Congress, Rome, March 24, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges cheers from young pilgrims and faithful while touring St. Peter's square at the Vatican Saturday, March 24, 2007, during a meeting with young people of the Italian "Comunione e Liberazione" organization.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament, speaks during the conference "Values and Perspectives for Europe" promoted by COMECE European Congress, Rome, March 23, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI greets Ireland's President Mary McAleese (L) during a private audience in his library at the Vatican March 23, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI looks on as he leads his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican March 21, 2007.
 

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd at the start of his weekly Angelus address over St Peter's square at the Vatican March 18, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he walks before a mass at the juvenile facility of Casal Del Marmo, on the outskirts of Rome, Sunday, March 18, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful, followed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, right background, at a mass for the "Movimento Ciechi" (blind people movement) in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday March 17, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI looks on during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday March 14, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, at the Vatican Tuesday, March 13, 2007.

Cardinal Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice, speaks during a press conference at the Vatican, March 13, 2007.

Nuns look wall painting before the ceremony for the inauguration of Jesuits Home restoration in Rome, March 12, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd at the start of his weekly Angelus address over St Peter's square at the Vatican March 11, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI says Rosary in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Saturday, March 10, 2007, while attending a general audience granted to students of the European Universities.

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re speaks during a press conference for the presentation of four volumes acts book about XXIIIth National Eucaristic Congress (Bologna 1997) in Rome, March 8, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI greets faithful as he arrives in the at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City during his weekly audience, March 07, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI has named today, March 7, 2007, Bishop Angelo Bagnasco as a new President of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI).

Pope Benedict XVI attends a prayer and meditation session in the 'Redemptoris Mater' chapel at the Vatican, Saturday, March 3, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI holds his weekly Angelus blessing from a window of his private apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, March 4, 2007.

Bishop Piero Coda (L), theologian at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, speaks during a conference regardering relations between science and religion at Aurelia Villa, in Rome, March 2, 2007.

Cardinal Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun attends a Mass at the Salesian Pontifical University church, in Rome March 1, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI holds his weekly Angelus blessing from a window of his private apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Feb.25, 2007.

Seminarians of Mater Ecclesiae team, with blue t-shirts, and of the Gregoriana team challenge for the ball during the inaugural 2007 Clericus Cup soccer competition for priests and seminarians, at the Rome's 'St. Peter's Sporting Center' Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007
 

Cardinal Camillo Ruini looks on during a theological seminary at the Pontificial Lateran University, Feb.24, 2007.

Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, president of the office governing Vatican City-State, blesses a plaque in the Vatican Gardens marking the position of the Prime Meridian of Italy, an obsolete geographic line once used in mapmaking, at the Vatican, Feb. 23, 2007.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran , Archivist of Vatican Secret Archives, makes an opening of the "Tu es Petrus" exhibition in Rome, Feb.23, 2007.

Father Ciro Benedettini (C), speaks during a press conference for the presentation of the exhibition "Tu es Petrus" at the Vatican, Feb.23, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate Ash Wednesday at Santa Sabina Basilica in Rome Feb 21, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI waves during his weekly general audience in in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 21, 2007.

A priest heads the ball during a training session at Tiberinio College in preparation for Clericus Cup.

From left the director of CEI's Pastoral for Sport, monsignor Carlo Mazza, the president of the Italian Sports Centre, Edio Costantini, the president of CONI, Gianni Petrucci and Don Antonio Mazzi pose for a photo during the presentation ceremony of 'Clericus Cup' in Rome, Italy, Tuesday 20 February 2007.

Bishop Elio Sgreccia, vice president of the Pontifical Academy for Life during a press conference at the Vatican Feb.20, 2007.

Rome's Vicar Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini (1st L), Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi (2nd L), Vatican Secretary of State Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (2nd R) and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (1st R) during a meeting to celebrate the anniversary of the sign of the Patti Lateranensi in Rome February 19, 2007.

Cardinal Agostono Casaroli (Vatican) and Bettino Craxi (Italian governamenet) sign an agreement ( Lateran Pact ) in Villa Madama, Rome 1984.

Pope Benedict XVI makes a blessing during his weekly Angelus address over St. Peter's Square at the Vatican February 18, 2007
 

Pope Benedict XVI poses with priests during his visit at the 'Seminario Romano Maggiore' (Roman Major Seminar) in Rome, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007.

Msgr. Francesco Coccopalmerio is named by Pope Benedict XVI as a new President of the Pontifical Council for Interpretation of Legislative Texts, Feb .15, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI, center, speaks with the President of South Korea Roh Moo-hyun, right, and his wife during a meeting at the Vatican, Thursday Feb. 15, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI waves during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday Feb.14, 2007.

Archbishop Paul Cordes, president of the Vatican's charity agency, the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum," is pictured during a press briefing at the Vatican Feb 13, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI walks past a statue of St. Mary of Lourdes at the end of a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, head of Italian Bishops Board, on the occasion of the 'World Day of the Sick' in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI holds his weekly Angelus blessing from a window of his private apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Feb.11, 2007.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone attends a mass to ordain Msgr.Carlo Chenis as a new Bishop of Civitavecchia, in Don Bosco Temple at Rome, Feb.10, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI waves the pilgrims as he arrives for his audience of National Confederation of the Misericordies in Aula Paolo VI hall at the Vatican, 10 February 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI welcomes Queen Rania of Jordan for their audience at the pontiff's private library at the Vatican, Friday, Feb. 9, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful during the weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd at the start of his weekly Angelus address over St Peter's square at the Vatican February 4, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI waves at the end of a Candle Mass celebrated by Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rode', Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, on the occasion of the XI Day of Consecrated Life, inside St. Peter's Basilica, on Friday, Feb. 2, 2007.

Cardinal Camillo Ruini (R) and Don Santoro's family during the presentation of the book "Don Andrea Santoro a priest between Rome and the Orient" at Protomoteca hall, Rome, Jan.31, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007.

Msgr. Giuseppe Betori, secretary general of the CEI, speaks during a press conference for the presentation of a report about Meeting of the Permanent Council of CEI (Italian bishops conference) at Vatican Radio press hall, Jan.30, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI looks at a white dove released by children from the window of his private apartment at the end of the Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican January 28, 2007.

Longtime personal secretary of the late Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, with the Italian version of his book 'A Life with Karol,' during a promotion on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 in Krakow, Poland, where Dziwisz is the present Archbishop.

Pope Benedict XVI leads Vespers prayers for St. Paul the Apostle, at St. Paul's Basilica Outside the Walls in Rome January 25, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI meets Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during a private audience at the Vatican, Jan.25, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI greets faithful during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007.

Front cover of the new book "Una vita con Karol" written by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, private secretary of late Pope John Paul II, Rome, Jan.23, 2007. The book will be in the bookshops tomorrow, Jan.24, 2007.

Cardinal Walter Kasper speaks for a news conference on Ecumenism at the Vatican press hall, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007.

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Italian bishops' conference, speaks during the Meeting of the Permanent Council of CEI, Rome, Jan.22, 2007.

Abbe Pierre died Monday, 22 January 2007, his foundation said. He was 94.

Pope Benedict XVI holds his weekly Angelus blessing from a window of his private apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, January 21, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI blesses two live lambs on the occasion of St. Agnes' Eve, a martyr of early Christianity and the Patron Saint of Young girls, at the Urbano VIII Chapel of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI received Malta Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and his wife Kate during a private audience at the Vatican, Jan.18, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader during a private audience at the Vatican, Jan.17, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing during a general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican , Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007.

Mons Jozef Kloch, spokerman of the polish conference (L) mr.Jozef Michalik (C) and Mr.Piotr Libera duirng extraordinary meeting of Poland's Catholic Church leaders decided all bishops should undergo screening for possible past collaboration with communist-era secret security, in Warsaw, Poland on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI holds his weekly Angelus blessing from a window of his private apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican January 14, 2007.

Vatican chief prosecutor Nicola Picardi, right, delivers his speech during a ceremony to start the Vatican's judicial year in the Vatican's Court Palace, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007.

Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo attends a mass before a ceremony to start the Vatican's judicial year in the Santa Martha chapel at the Vatican, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007.

Card. Renato Martino (C), president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, is awarded with the special jury award during the "International Life Award 2006" delivery ceremony in the Columns Hall at Rome, Jan.12, 2007.

Father David Gutiérrez, CELAM press office director, speaks during a conversation about next Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) at the Vatican, Jan.12, 2006.

Bishop Lino Bortolo Belotti, Auxiliary Bishop of Bergamo, President of Migrantes Foundation, speaks during a press conference for the presentation of World Day of Migrants and Refugees (Jan.14, 2007) in the Radio Vatican press hall, Jan.11, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI poses with Rome's Major Walter Veltroni and his staff during a private audience with local administrators in the Clementina Hall at the Vatican, Jan.11, 2007.

Faithful greet Pope Benedict XVI as he arrives to the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican for his general audience, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI poses with Holy See Diplomats after annual meeting at the Hall of the Throne, January 8, 2006 in Vatican City.

Pope Benedict XVI baptizes a baby in a baptism ceremony at the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, 07 January 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI holds his weekly Angelus blessing from a window of his private apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican January 7, 2007.

Men wearing costumes representing the Three Kings, or Magi, wave at Pope Benedict XVI as he blesses faithful from his studio's window, top, overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for the feast of Epiphany, Friday, Jan. 6, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI attends an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican , Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by a crowd during his visit to a soup kitchen run by Caritas, a Catholic charity based in Rome, 04 January 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI looks on as he addresses some 9,000 pilgrims in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, Wednesday 03 January 2007 during the General Audience.

Pope Benedict XVI holds his Angelus blessing from a window of his private apartment overlooking St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Jan.1, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing to a baby wearing a Christmas hat during the New Year's Day Mass in St.Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Jan.01, 2007.