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Vatican officials say Pope’s document provides map for Church’s future

Archbishop Rino Fisichella  (CNS)

Apostolic exhortation an ‘invitation to recover a prophetic and positive vision of reality’

‘Church’s opposition to abortion not subject to modernisation,’ says Pope in new document

Pope Francis: 'A human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development' (PA)

Pope writes that the faithful have ‘obligation to defend those whose basic right to life is under attack’

Pope Francis discusses ongoing war in Syria with Vladimir Putin

Pope Francis shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience. Below: The pair sit down for talks (CNS and video via Rome Reports )

Peace in the Middle East top of the agenda as Pontiff welcomes Russian President to the Vatican

Pope Francis calls for full religious freedom in the Middle East

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff holds two-hour private meeting with patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches

Marriage tribunals must provide justice and pastoral care, says Pope

Pope Francis released his first apostolic exhortation today (CNS)

Pope offers encouragement to members of the Church’s highest tribunal

Vatican to put St Peter’s relics on display for first time

Pope Francis prays in Clementine Chapel, the place closest to the tomb of Peter (Photo: CNS)

The relics will be venerated to mark the end of the Year of Faith

Pope chooses beatitudes as themes for next World Youth Days

Pilgrims pray during the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Brazil (Photo: CNS)

Francis asks young people to read the beatitudes to prepare for next three World Youth Days

Superior general arrested for alleged kidnap of confreres

Italian police officers pictured in Milan (Photo: PA)

Police allege that he stopped priests opposed to his re-election from voting at a general chapter

Blessed John Paul II’s secretary says meeting with Legionaries founder was a mistake

Father Marcial Maciel Degollado with Blessed John Paul II in 2000 (CNS)

Cardinal Dziwisz makes comments about the late Pope in new book

Christians must hang on to hope, says Francis

Pope Francis: 'A human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development' (PA)

Pope celebrates All saints day Mass at Rome cemetary