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Pope Francis approves updating of criminal laws for Vatican City State

Pope Francis (AP)

Laws on child abuse and terrorism funding tightened from September

Pope Francis consecrates Vatican City with Benedict XVI by his side

Pope Francis embraces   Benedict XVI  before the consecration ceremony in the Vatican gardens (Photo: CNS)

Pontiff recites prayers to consecrate Vatican City to St Joseph and St Michael the Archangel

Chilean archbishop hopeful Pope Francis will visit South America in 2015

Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, second from right, accompanied by Chilean church leaders (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Ezzati claims Pope Francis plans to tour South America after trips to Africa and Asia in 2014

We must be ‘united in our differences’, Pope says as he bestows palliums on archbishops

Archbishops from around the world attend the Mass in St Peter's (CNS)

Pontiff says Pope and bishops ‘must go forward’ on ‘path of synodality’

Syrian priest dies during ‘rebel attack’ on Franciscan convent

Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, spoke to Vatican Radio about the killing of Father Francois Murad ( CNS)

Father Francois Murad killed in north Syria near the Turkish border

Beware of clerics ‘who seek the episcopacy’, Pope urges nuncios

Pope Francis (AP)

The best candidates are ‘pastors who are close to their people’, Pontiff says

Anglican Dean of King’s College wins Ratzinger Prize

The prize is funded by the royalties from Benedict XVI's books (Photo: CNS)

New Testament scholar the Rev Richard Burridge is awarded prize alongside German lay theologian

Pope approves addition of St Joseph to Eucharistic Prayers at most Latin Rite Masses

Benedict XVI, who was baptised Joseph, first approved the change (CNS)

Pope Francis confirmed the decision originally made by Benedict XVI

Conflict between Christians makes Christ’s body suffer, says Pope

Pope Francis shakes hands with a boy before today's general audience (AP)

General audience focuses on the Church as a living body

Vatican theologians ‘have approved second John Paul II miracle’

John Paul II was beatified on May 1 2011 (CNS)

Polish pope could be canonised on 35th anniversary of his election