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In pictures: The Pope's calendar

Cover of papal calendar (image by permission of the photographer, Giancarlo Giuliani)

Benedict was invited to feature on Italian magazine Famiglia Cristiana's 2007 charity wall calendar. Calendar images reprinted by permission of photographer Giancarlo Giuliani.

May picture from papal calendar (image: Famiglia Cristiana)

Mr Giuliani, a trusted papal photographer, was allowed to spend a day following the Pope at his summer residence.

November picture from papal calendar (image by permission of the photographer, Giancarlo Giuliani)

This picture suggests a pontiff keeping in the background, says Vatican observer John Wilkins.

April picture from papal calendar (image by permission of the photographer, Giancarlo Giuliani)

Benedict at prayer before the famous Polish icon of the Black Virgin of Czestochowa, a favourite of his predecessor John Paul II

July picture from papal calendar (image by permission of the photographer, Giancarlo Giuliani)

The bookish pope's calendar is accompanied by quotations about love from his first papal encyclical.

December 2007 picture from papal calendar (image by permission of the photographer, Giancarlo Giuliani)

And here we see the Mozart-lover at his piano, in one of the palace's humbler rooms.

June picture from papal calendar (image courtesy of Famiglia Cristiana)

Perhaps the most symbolic of all the pictures on the calendar: Benedict the reflective pope.

Nazareth Town project in Rwanda (image courtesy of Famiglia Cristiana)

Proceeds from the sale of the calendar are going to Nazareth Town, an aid project for children in Mbare, Rwanda.




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