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Vatican official voices opposition to automated weapons systems

An unmanned US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, in Afghanistan, last year (PA)

Drones ‘can never replace the human capacity for moral reasoning,’ says Archbishop Tomasi

Pope Paul VI to be made a Blessed in October

Pope Paul VI offers a blessing to the faithful in Rome before flying to Istanbul in 1967 (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis will beatify his predecessor on October 19, the Vatican has announced

Pope calls for ‘worldwide ethical mobilisation’ in address to UN

Pope Francis with UN secretary-general Ban-Ki Moon at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis says a large part of humanity now has ‘second-class status’

Pope says he cried over images of Christians allegedly crucified

'Still today there are people who kill, who persecute in the name of God' (Photo: PA)

His comments in homily follow the printing of photographs apparently showing crucifixions in Syria

Violence against women harms society, Pope tells African bishops

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis addresses region’s social ills at ad limina

Be close to those crushed by troubles, says Pope in Urbi et Orbi

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi and Orbi blessing (AP)

Pontiff says Resurrection shows ‘love makes hope blossom in the wilderness’

Kiss a crucifix in Holy Week, urges Pope Francis at general audience

Pope Francis kisses child as he arrives for the general audience (CNS)

Pontiff encourages faithful to ‘kiss the wounds of Jesus’ and say a prayer of thanks

Vatican willingly appearing before UN committee, spokesman says

Fr Lombardi said the Vatican would file reports on its anti-torture efforts (CNS)

Fr Lombardi says Church was not forced to attend torture committee

Francis: I ask forgiveness for damage caused by abusers

Pope Francis will address the heads of the UN’s agencies amid claims that UN committees are unfairly targeting the Catholic Church   (PA)

Pope says Church ‘must be very strong’ in response to clerical abuse

Pope meets King of Jordan ahead of Holy Land trip

Jordan's King Abdullah II, Pope Francis and and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal pose for photos during a private audience at the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse (CNS)

Trip to Holy Land will include a visit to the royal palace and a Mass celebration in a football stadium