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Biggest downside of being pontiff is the paperwork, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope makes comments in video message to residents in Buenos Aires’ shantytown

‘Abyss’ between Church teaching and many family situations must be bridged, says cardinal

Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS)

Cardinal Kasper tells Vatican Radio he supports ‘a realistic application of doctrine to the current situation’

Cardinals say synod on family will seek to balance truth with God’s mercy

Benedict XVI and Cardinal Vincent Nichols in St Peter's Basilica on Saturday Below: Pope Francis with Cardinal Wilfrid Napier (CNS)

Cardinals Nichols and Napier speak after meetings with Pope Francis in Rome

Pope urges mourning for victims of war

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis also condemns arms manufacturers who profit from conflicts

Mass every Sunday is ‘so important’ says Pope

Rain falls as Pope Francis arrives to lead general audience in St Peter's Square at Vatican yesterday (CNS)

The Pope stressed that Mass is where we receive Jesus

Reach out and touch the poor, says Pope in Lent message

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope tells faithful to “courageously follow Jesus in seeking out the poor”

Pope’s Lenten message to focus on generosity to the poor

A blind boy stands outside a makeshift shelter in Islamabad (Photo: CNS)

Vatican officials will also draw attention to Haiti

Francis urges doctrinal office to keep up fight against clerical abuse

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope also encourages CDF to seek ‘constructive, respectful and patient dialogue’ in doctrinal investigations

Women should play a greater role in Church, says Pope

Pope Francis on Saturday (AP)

Francis addresses women’s group at the Vatican

Holy See assures UN panel it is serious about protecting children

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi and Bishop Charles Scicluna in Geneva today (AP)

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi says Vatican policies aim to eliminate abuse