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In pictures: Pope in Australia

Pope reads a newspaper on flight to Australia 12 July

Pope Benedict XVI's nine-day visit to Australia is expected to be dogged by controversy over abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

Pope addresses media on board flight

During the 20-hour flight, the Pope addressed media travelling with him on the plane that has been dubbed Shepherd One.

Pilgrim at Sydney airport waiting for Pope

Pilgrims waited at Sydney's aiport for the Pope to arrive, but protests are expected over the abuse claims and against the Vatican's stance on homosexuality and birth control.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd greets Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope was greeted by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who said he was "an honoured guest".

Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by World Youth Day co-ordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher (left)

The Pope, who was also welcomed by cardinals, says he will examine how the Catholic Church can "prevent, heal and reconcile" the past crimes of the clergy and apologise for a sex abuse scandal.

Nuns wait for Pope's arrival

The Pope is expected to stay out of the public eye until Thursday when he will attend a World Youth Day festival.




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