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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

Archbishop: ‘I almost fainted when I heard I’d been named cardinal’

Archbishop Bassetti says he couldn't believe that the Pope named him a cardinal  (CNS)

Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti was told by a parishioner that he was to be made a cardinal

John Kerry meets Vatican counterpart in Rome

John Kerry is the first Catholic US Secretary of State since Edmund Muskie (AP)

US secretary of state discusses issues including the Middle East and Obama’s healthcare reforms

Pope Francis has brought down ‘wall of prejudice’ against the disabled, says leading campaigner

From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has reached out to the disabled (PA)

Pope Francis has pledged his support towards making Church buildings more accessible for the disabled

Let God’s tenderness warm you, Pope says in Christmas address

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi blessing (AP)

Francis prays for peace in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan in Urbi et Orbi message

Prepare for Christmas through silence, says Pope

The Lord spoke to Elijah in the sound of silence Pope Francis said (CNS)

Love and tenderness is at the heart of the Christmas season, Pope Francis said

Experts praise new Vatican financial laws

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

Moneyval also requests Vatican bank inspection

Cardinal: For Pope, church reform is spiritual exercise, not a project

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa speaks during the presentation of a book about Pope Francis (CNS)

Honduran cardinal said the Pope watches over the church like a father

Pope Francis and Council of Cardinals begin work to reorganise Curia

Pope Francis with his Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Reforms will seek ‘a renewal that will truly be a service to the Universal Church’

Pope Francis calls on Catholics to pray for nuns kidnapped in Syria

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope makes plea during general audience in St Peter’s Square