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Prince Albert of Monaco and princess Charlenne visit Benedict XVI

'Bienvenue'. The three of them talked for about 15 minutes, during which the Pope mentioned Charlenne's professional career as a swimmer. As a gift, the prince of Monaco gave the Pope a codex written by late Cardinal Jerome Grimaldi as well as an image of the Cardinal, who in fact was a family member of the prince. 'De votre famille...' Benedict XVI gave the royal couple two sketches of St. Peter�s Basilica, which prince Albert seemed to be quite impressed with. "Ravisson" After their brief meeting the prince wished Benedict XVI a good year full of health. This state meeting, is the first of its kind in which the Pope's secretary, ; Georg Gänswein, performed the duties of the Prefect of the Papal Household. It's a position he has held since last December, where part of his responsibilities include deciding the Pope's daily schedule. BR/KLH CTV JM -BN U: VIC