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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

Syrian bishop says nuns’ kidnapping has shocked Christians

Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo (CNS)

Five nuns were snatched from the Orthodox Monastery of Santa Tecla near Damascus

Pope expected to canonise companion of St Ignatius

St. Francis Xavier, St. Ignatius of Loyola and Blessed Peter Faber are shown in an icon (CNS)

Pope Francis is expected to make Blessed Peter Faber a saint

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope says only men can be priests, but women must have voice in Church

Pope Francis (CNS)

Sacramental power must not be ‘too closely identified with power in general,’ writes Pope

A summary of the key issues raised by Pope in Evangelii Gaudium

Pope Francis  (AP)

Francis lays out vision for outreach at every level of Church

Vatican officials say Pope’s document provides map for Church’s future

Archbishop Rino Fisichella  (CNS)

Apostolic exhortation an ‘invitation to recover a prophetic and positive vision of reality’

‘Church’s opposition to abortion not subject to modernisation,’ says Pope in new document

Pope Francis: 'A human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development' (PA)

Pope writes that the faithful have ‘obligation to defend those whose basic right to life is under attack’

Pope Francis discusses ongoing war in Syria with Vladimir Putin

Pope Francis shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience. Below: The pair sit down for talks (CNS and video via Rome Reports )

Peace in the Middle East top of the agenda as Pontiff welcomes Russian President to the Vatican