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The Holy Father startled residents of Ostia, who had been expecting a parish priest

Fr Salvatore Perrella says the Church has not yet distinguished between the phases of a particular series of apparitions

The superiors discussed the matter with the Pontiff on April 10 to discuss the steps being taken to ‘create communion among the different orders of the Franciscan family’

The five nations with the most Catholics are Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, the United States and Italy

Holy Father continues ‘Mercy Friday’ visits after Year of Mercy

During Lent we should seek to return to him with a whole heart, the Pope said in a morning homily

Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating Mass at Monza Park near Milan

The Pope ended his day-long visit to Milan by speaking at an annual encounter for young people preparing for confirmation

Francis makes day-long trip to Milan

The global Holy Land Collection is taken up in most dioceses around the world on Good Friday

Pope Francis uses incense during a Lenten penance service in St Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis was one of 95 priests and bishops listening to confessions and granting absolution