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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pope gave toys and gifts to the children, while they showed him a collection of their drawings

The 2016 Summer Games in Rio marks the first time a refugee team has officially participated in the Olympics