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Francis urges priests and bishops to maintain ‘evangelical closeness’ to their flocks

Cardinal Pietro Parolin spelt out the Holy See’s position in a letter to former heads of state

The Council of Cardinals pondered a ‘more systematic’ way to involve lay people in appointments, a Vatican spokesman said

Despite his doubts, the Pope said the ‘spiritual and pastoral facts cannot be denied: people go there and convert’

Francisco and Jacinta Marto are the youngest non-martyrs to be declared saints

Do you honour ‘a woman blessed because she believed always and everywhere in God’s words or a ‘plaster statue’ from whom we beg favours at little cost?’ the Pope asked

‘We are not orphans, we have a mother in heaven,’ the Pope said

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 3

Egypt has the task of promoting a lasting peace that “rests not on the law of force but on the force of law”, the Pope said

pope francis waving to crowds

Those with hard hearts ‘do not know that the Word became flesh’, the pontiff said

Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre will work on constitutional reform ‘that will address potential institutional weaknesses’