For a perspective on the year that has passed, we turn to Catholic News Service
Rome bureau chief John Thavis and CNS Rome correspondent Carol Glatz with this report distributed by H2oNews
CNS' John Thavis also offers us a preview of what is in store for the Holy Father this year:
Synod, saints, shroud all on papal calendar for 2010
By John Thavis
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As Pope Benedict XVI says goodbye to 2009, his 2010 calendar is already being filled.
On the horizon for the next 12 months are four papal trips; a Middle East Synod of Bishops; the expected publication of a document on the Bible and the second volume of "Jesus of Nazareth;" a major gathering of the world's priests; a pilgrimage to the Shroud of Turin; a probable consistory and several likely canonizations and beatifications -- including that of Pope John Paul II.