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Pope tells Austrian bishops to respond to crisis by being missionaries

Pope Francis said he knows this is "a difficult phase for the Church" in Austria (PA)

Pope Francis has said that the Church isn’t about management but mission

Vatican Library to shed new light on persecution of Japanese Catholics

The Leonine Reading Room of the Vatican Library (CNS)

Scholars study recently discovered documents chronicling effort to suppress the faith

Christian unity will grow step by step, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis at vespers on Saturday (Photo: CNS)

The Pope says unity will come through ‘walking together’, not as a miracle

Francis calls for ‘constructive dialogue’ to end violence in Ukraine

Pope Francis gestures during yesterday's Angelus address (CNS)

Pope prays for protesters killed during clashes in Kiev in his Angelus address

Pope and French president discuss the family and bioethics in private talks

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with French President Francois Hollande during a private audience at the Vatican  (CNS)

Pope Francis and President François Hollande spoke today for 35 minutes

Rabbi Skorka: Pope’s trip to Holy Land ‘won’t be easy’

Rabbi Skorka (Photo: PA)

The rabbi told reporters that Francis would be able to resist the pressure of different factions

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