In several hours, Pope Benedict will land in the western African nation of Benin. As was the case with his 21 previous papal visits, he faces a packed schedule -- 16 events and 10 speeches over the course of 3 days. On the eve of another arduous trip, Catholic News Service
examines the validity of recent reports about the 84-year-old pontiff's health.
S+L's full coverage of the Apostolic Voyage to Benin
begins Friday at noon ET / 9:00am PT.