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Council of Cardinals will study the way the Church identifies and appoints bishops

Pope Francis’s 10th foreign trip will be the longest of his pontificate, Fr Federico Lombardi has said

The cardinal says as a child of divorced parents he knows what it is to grow up in a ‘patchwork family’

The reforms could affect thousands of Catholics worldwide

The Pope presided at an evening of prayer yesterday in St Peter’s Basilica

Francis said he hopes the beatification of martyred Syriac Bishop Flavien-Michel Malke will give the persecuted faithful ‘courage and hope’

Francis urged a ‘response to the humanitarian emergency in the country’ during his address to crowds in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

The Holy Father prayed for catechists at the tomb of St Pius in St Peter’s Basilica

The Vatican has said that a meeting between the Pope and Farc representatives ‘is not foreseen’

The missionaries will be commissioned formally by the Pope and sent out on Ash Wednesday next year