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Bishop is asked to open Cause of Focolare founder Chiara Lubich

Benedict XVI said Lubich was a "woman of fearless faith."

Movement asks for Cause to be opened five years after Chiara Lubich’s death

Zimbabwe’s bishops say country more polarised than before elections

Zimbabwean women collect food aid from a distribution point in Mutawatawa (CNS)

Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference describe ‘water and power cuts and shortage of medicines’ in pastoral letter

Pope Francis to help launch worldwide ‘wave of prayer’ against hunger

Young children beg for food in the Philippines after last month's devastating super typhoon (CNS)

Pope will offer support for Caritas Internationalis’s ‘One Human Family, Food For All’ campaign

Christians must cooperate to help the persecuted Church, Pope tells Patriarch

Pope Francis, pictured on Saturday, expressed concerns for Christians persecuted in the Middle East

I am aware that you are deeply concerned for the situation of Christians in the Middle East, he tells Patriarch of Constantinople

Pope venerates relics of St Peter at Mass ending Year of Faith

Pope Francis venerates what are believed to be the relics of St Peter (Photo: CNS)

After the Mass Pope Francis handed out copies of his first apostolic exhortation

Pope asks nuns: do we know how to wait for God’s tomorrow?

Pope Francis prays in St Peter's (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis adores Blessed Sacrament while visiting Camaldolese nuns in Rome

‘Visions’ of Mary can distance people from God, says Francis

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis says Mary is ‘not a postmaster of the post office sending messages every day’

Pope calls for urgent aid to be sent to Philippines

Millions are in need following Typhoon Haiyan (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Almost 10 million people in need of aid

Vatican embassy in Syria damaged by mortar strike

Archbishop Mario Zenari  (AP)

No casualties reported after apostolic nunciature in Damascus hit by rocket on Tuesday morning

Hundreds gather for Race of Faith in St Peter’s Square

A nun runs in the relay race on the road leading to St Peter's Square (CNS)

Seminarians, Olympians and children take part in relay organised by Pontifical Council for Culture