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Pope Francis calls for full religious freedom in the Middle East

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff holds two-hour private meeting with patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches

Marriage tribunals must provide justice and pastoral care, says Pope

Pope Francis released his first apostolic exhortation today (CNS)

Pope offers encouragement to members of the Church’s highest tribunal

Vatican to put St Peter’s relics on display for first time

Pope Francis prays in Clementine Chapel, the place closest to the tomb of Peter (Photo: CNS)

The relics will be venerated to mark the end of the Year of Faith

Pope chooses beatitudes as themes for next World Youth Days

Pilgrims pray during the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Brazil (Photo: CNS)

Francis asks young people to read the beatitudes to prepare for next three World Youth Days

Superior general arrested for alleged kidnap of confreres

Italian police officers pictured in Milan (Photo: PA)

Police allege that he stopped priests opposed to his re-election from voting at a general chapter

Blessed John Paul II’s secretary says meeting with Legionaries founder was a mistake

Father Marcial Maciel Degollado with Blessed John Paul II in 2000 (CNS)

Cardinal Dziwisz makes comments about the late Pope in new book

Christians must hang on to hope, says Francis

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

Pope celebrates All saints day Mass at Rome cemetary

In times of trouble call on the communion of saints, urges Francis

Pope Francis arrives for the general audience (CNS)

We are a great big family through baptism, the Pope says

Francis celebrates family life with 100,000 people in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis at an audience for families on Saturday (AP)

Pope urges couples to see marriage as a life-long journey

Marriage is not easy but it is beautiful, says Pope

Pope Francis re-iterated that marriage was between a man and a woman (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Defending family also means defending a community based on a marriage between man and woman