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Pope Francis meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis urged the Palestinian president to be ‘an angel of peace’ – he didn’t tell him he was one

The bishop baptises a child in a church attacked by militants three years ago (AP)

Don’t be fooled by appearances: the meek-looking Bishop Alessandro has the heart of a lion and is putting his life on the line in northern Kenya

Cardinal Parolin announced that the Vatican would not be hiring and over-time was banned (CNS)

Fr Federico Lombardi is trying to allay fears about redundancies as best he can

The game may take place at Lord's Cricket Ground (Tim Ireland/PA Wire)

Church of England to take on Vatican team at Lord’s

Lucetta Scaraffia would like to see more women teaching at seminaries and presiding over several Vatican departments

The leading Catholic feminist says she is against women priests, but wants women to be given more responsibility in the Church

Tourists crowd the bridge leading to Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome (CNS)

How to visit Rome in the austerity era

The Catholic Herald’s Rome correspondent knows the Eternal City inside out. Here he offers tips for pilgrims for whom every penny counts

The glorious game of cricket (these players may not appear at the Vatican)

Following its football tournament, Rome will soon hear the sound of willow on leather

Cristina Kirchner greets Cardinal Bergoglio in 2008 (Photo: CNS)

As Cardinal Ratzinger, Benedict XVI made his views on foreign policy explicit, but he never reiterated them as pope

People huddle under umbrellas as they keep watch on the smoke stack (Photo: PA)

In St Peter’s Square, pilgrims are hopeful, excited, and a little anxious

Sparks fly at Pius XII debate in London

Majority of the audience failed to be swayed by scholars speaking in favour of the wartime pope