At his Wednesday General Audience Pope Benedict provided a brief, but excellent, biographical sketch of St. Paul. I found particularly interesting the details on his travels. You can read the translation from Zenit HERE
The Holy Father asked for prayers for the current situation in India:
I have learned with deep sadness the news about the violence against the Christian communities in the Indian State of Orissa, which erupted following the deplorable murder of the Hindu leader Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati. Some persons have been killed and others injured. Worship centers, church property and private houses have also been destroyed.While I firmly condemn all attacks against human life, the sacredness of which demands the respect of all, I express my spiritual closeness and solidarity to the brothers and sisters in the faith so tried. I implore the Lord to accompany and support them in this time of suffering and give them the strength to continue in the service of love in favor of all.I ask the religious leaders and civil authorities to work together to restore among the members of the various communities the peaceful coexistence and harmony which have always been the distinguishing mark of the Indian society.
Something very important to keep in our prayers.