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In pictures: Catholic world prays for Pope
Nuns pray on St Peter's Square
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The world's Roman Catholics are anxious as the Pope misses his weekly audience at the Vatican because of his illness.
Filipino Catholics pray outside the Redemptorist church, Baclaran, Manila
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Government and Church leaders in the Philippines appeal for nationwide prayers for the Pope.
Woman praying in Westminster Cathedral, London
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Roman Catholics in the UK are also being asked to "take a moment to pray" for the ailing pontiff.
Reporters surround Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls outside the Rome hospital
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The world's media descend on Rome for any inkling of news from the famously tight-lipped Vatican.
Nun phones from room next to the Pope's room at the Gemelli Hospital
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Rome's Gemelli Hospital keeps a whole wing specially reserved for the Pope, including a chapel.
Australian schoolboys outside the Gemelli
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On the street below, visiting Catholic schoolboys from Australia play songs and pray for their spiritual leader.
Woman praying in Havana, Cuba
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In the Cuban capital Havana a woman places a candle by an altar as she prays for the pontiff.
People pray in Warsaw, Poland
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Worshippers in Polish capital Warsaw also offer prayers for their native son.

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