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Jesuit priest working with former refugees kidnapped in Afghanistan

Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar of India was kidnapped on Monday (CNS)

Father Alexis Prem Kumar was reportedly abducted by a group of unidentified men

Pope invites Catholic Charismatics to celebration at Vatican in 2017

Young people dance before the Pope at Rome's Olympic Stadium (AP)

Event in St Peter’s Square will mark 50th anniversary of Catholic Charismatic movement

Married couples prefer pets to children because of ‘comfort culture’, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis blesses a child at the Vatican on Saturday (AP)

Intentionally childless marriages can end ‘with the bitterness of bad solitude’, says Pontiff

Pope: Syrians are suffering from ‘globalisation of indifference’

A Syrian child cries at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AP)

Francis deplores ‘unspeakable suffering’ in Syria in message to charities

Vatican denies Cardinal Bertone is under criminal investigation

The Vatican has denied claims that Cardinal Bertone withdrew funds without approval (AP)

Fr Lombardi says former secretary of state acted properly

Trip to Holy Land will be ‘strictly religious’, says pope

Pope Francis greeting the faithful on Wednesday (AP)

Pope hopes to keep focus of three-day trip on better relations with Jews, Orthodox and Muslims

Jesuit superior announces intention to resign after he turns 80

Father Adolfo Nicolas, Jesuit superior general, with Pope Francis (CNS)

Father Adolfo Nicolas has revealed his intention to resign in late 2016

Steep rise in suspicious transactions reported by Vatican

The Vatican Bank has reported a huge increase in suspect transactions

Huge increase over the past couple of years noted

In dialogue, believers seek truth, challenge one another, Vatican says

Pope Francis poses with Catholicos Karekin II of Etchmiadzin, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, during meeting Vatican (CNS)

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released new guidelines

New Vatican commission to study appeals of clergy guilty of abuse

Argentine Archbishop José Luis Mollaghan

Argentine Archbishop José Luis Mollaghan is appointed to new commission