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Pope Francis releases World Youth Day 2014 message

Pope Francis embraces a boy during World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil (CNS)

Francis tells young people Blessed John Paul II will be “the great patron of the World Youth Days”

UN criticises Vatican over clerical abuse

The committe, pictued today, were critical of the Church (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Committee tells Church to release details of abuse

‘Wake up the world’ with faith, says Pope

Pope Francis on Saturday (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Year of consecrated life comes after 11,000 leave religious life

Pope tells Austrian bishops to respond to crisis by being missionaries

Pope Francis said he knows this is "a difficult phase for the Church" in Austria (PA)

Pope Francis has said that the Church isn’t about management but mission

Vatican Library to shed new light on persecution of Japanese Catholics

The Leonine Reading Room of the Vatican Library (CNS)

Scholars study recently discovered documents chronicling effort to suppress the faith

Christian unity will grow step by step, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis at vespers on Saturday (Photo: CNS)

The Pope says unity will come through ‘walking together’, not as a miracle

Francis calls for ‘constructive dialogue’ to end violence in Ukraine

Pope Francis gestures during yesterday's Angelus address (CNS)

Pope prays for protesters killed during clashes in Kiev in his Angelus address

Pope and French president discuss the family and bioethics in private talks

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with French President Francois Hollande during a private audience at the Vatican  (CNS)

Pope Francis and President Fran├žois Hollande spoke today for 35 minutes

Rabbi Skorka: Pope’s trip to Holy Land ‘won’t be easy’

Rabbi Skorka (Photo: PA)

The rabbi told reporters that Francis would be able to resist the pressure of different factions

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