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Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, opened the meeting (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

A three-day meeting on the subject was hosted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Jesuit Father Orlando Torres, and Father Patrick Mulemi at a news conference in Rome (CNS)

The election of a successor to Fr Adolfo Nicolas is expected to take place in the coming weeks

Men ordained to the priesthood in Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Such actions mean a bishop must intervene before a person can be ordained, according to a new document

Pope Francis attends a meeting with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

The changes, brought in after 15 years of study, are to help Eastern Christians living in Latin-majority lands

Pope Francis has paid tribute to his predecessor (CNS)

In a book-length interview Benedict XVI says he was ‘more of a professor’ while Francis was a ‘man of practical reform’

Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin (AP Photo/Stefano Rellandini, Pool)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin said there said there are ‘many hopes and expectations for new developments’ in diplomacy

Pope Francis

In a video message, the Holy Father said mercy is not just a ‘theory’ but something we live by remembering our own sins

A nun checks her mobile phone as she lies near a victim laid on a ladder following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy (AP)

The magnitude six earthquake which struck in the early hours of Wednesday has left many dead

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (left), Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar mosque, and Archbishop Georg Gaenswein at the Vatican (CNS)

The way to counter terrorists’ hatred is with education and dialogue, Cardinal Tauran has said

Pope Francis met 20 women who had been ‘liberated from the slavery of the prostitution racket’ (AP)

Visit was one of the Pontiff’s ‘Mercy Friday’ trips marking the Year of Mercy